Abby Shields
Dear Friend,

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.”

Every year I am struck with that phrase, “God with us.” The phrase is quite commonplace during this time of year, so it can be easy to gloss over and miss the magnitude of that phrase or be struck with wonder by the idea of God coming near. I am guilty of it myself, but perhaps if worded differently, it may give us reason to take pause and bask in the enormity of the miracle that we celebrate over Christmas. As I was reading about the people present for the first Christmas in my devotional, it described it as

“AN INVITATION TO TOUCH THE SKIN OF INFINITE GOD.”

WOW! There is no other moment in history like this, where humanity and the divine came together, took on flesh, in the form of a baby, so we could have hope, and we could have life. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be there?!
As we enter into this Christmas season, let us remember what it is he came to do. He came to serve, he came to love, he came to enter in to our pain and suffering and ultimately redeem all of it through a cross.

During the business of the holidays, I love that our Adopt a Family gives me opportunity to follow Christ’s example and “enter in” on some level to people’s pain and suffering and encourage people with God’s love. Through this program, I meet single mom’s who have to decide to pay an electric bill or buy a gift for their child. I meet fathers who are unemployed or struck by illness and carry the shame and burden of not being able to provide for their families. I meet kids who have woken up to no presents under the tree wondering what they did wrong and why Santa missed their house. And while presents don’t bring true happiness and certainly not eternal salvation, Adopt a Family is an incredible opportunity to enter into their struggle, even in this small way, and remind them that Christ sees their struggle and is present in their pain in greater ways than I ever could. We send the message that he cares and he provides.

Our Adopt a Family program is in full swing, and there is still time to get involved. If you would like to Adopt a Family or find out other ways to participate, please visit our website, www.noheartleftbehind.com. All gifts and donations need to be collected by December 10th.

In closing, I can think of no better words as we ponder the events of the first Christmas than those of Dr. Charles Swindoll when he says, “Christmas is an invitation to slow down and think deeper. I invite you to touch the infant skin of the God-Man with your imagination. I invite you to wonder as the shepherds wondered and to worship as the wise men did.” This Christmas my prayer is that you would be blessed with new wonder when you think about our Savior’s birth. Merry Christmas from No Heart Left Behind!

In His Grip,

Abby Shields

P.S.-We ask that you prayerfully consider a financial gift to No Heart Left Behind for your end of the year giving. End of the year giving is crucial to sustaining the ministry through the first few months of the upcoming year. A gift of any amount is a huge blessing to us. All gifts are tax-deductible.