Being Emmanuel to others this Christmas

Enjoying Christmas lunch at Glasgow City Mission Grant, our Chief Executive, reflects on how we can celebrate Emmanuel, God with us, as we walk with the least and the lost this advent.

My children are already hyper and incredibly excited about Christmas, and right now I’m being pestered as to how soon the Christmas tree can go up in the house. Most of the presents have already been purchased online and Amazon appears to have a twice weekly delivery slot to our house! The sense of anticipation is quite tangible.

Difficult time of year

It’s very different for the people we work with. Many of them will at best see Christmas as just another day, and, at worst, dread it.

As others catch up with family and friends, the isolation and vulnerability of our guests becomes all too apparent. Relationship breakdown is the number one reason for homelessness, and if ever there was a time that focuses on and amplifies relationships – it’s Christmas.

Gift of relationship

One of the main gifts Glasgow City Mission can bring is to spend time with people. We have a number of events taking place throughout December, reaching a climax at our annual Christmas Dinner party. More than 250 Christmas Dinners will be served up amidst a loving and caring environment. It’s a fabulous occasion and one that screams ‘we love you, God loves you, and this is what this Christmas thing is really all about.’

Our Glasgow Winter Night Shelter opens its doors again this December, and we’re concerned that, similar to last year, the numbers will exceed our capacity. We’ve got a dedicated and loving team who will work tirelessly over these next four months to provide shelter during the cold winter nights. They will work with the local authority in trying to get permanent solutions and accommodation for our guests.

As Christ's followers, Glasgow City Mission wants to express Christ’s love for a broken world, each and every day. As we approach Christmas and celebrate Emmanuel ‘God with us’, we want to be present with the least and the lost, sharing what we have with those who have little or nothing.

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With a donation of just £7 you can help us provide more than 250 Christmas dinners this year:

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This blog post first appeared on Scottish Bible Society website.

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