Over 2,600 years ago the prophet Isaiah foretold of the birth of Jesus writing:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Today, we celebrate that day over 2,000 years ago as Christmas—a child was born that radically changed world history. A king was born in very humble way, in a barn, with his first royal nights spent in a trough filled with hay.
Jesus was an unexpected king. He wasn’t adorned in fine linens or a kingly golden crown. Instead, much of his time on earth was spent with the hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, sick, and imprisoned.
As we celebrate this Christmas season, we want to thank all of you who have done the same with us at St. Matthew’s House. Co-laboring in the spirit of Christ to serve those who are underserved. To help the homeless, to feed the hungry, and to heal the addicted. We are blessed beyond measure by the people who support us, pray for us, and volunteer their time in our community.
May Christmas be a sweet time for you and your family, and a time where we meditate on the real meaning of this day. Let us ponder how God has changed our lives, with the hope that He will do much more in us and in our community.
In the words of the angel of the Lord in the gospel of Luke, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”
Vann Ellison and the St. Matthew’s House Family