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This Christmas we remember that Jesus was a refugee

caravan.jpgDisplay this 18”x24” plastic lawn sign in your church’s front yard, on the side of your building or wherever you see fit to share the story of Jesus’ birth and proclaim to your neighbors that when we welcome refugees, when we welcome asylum-seekers, we are welcoming Christ.

The Christmas story is not only a story of the birth of our Savior, but also a refugee story - a story of a family forced to seek asylum to escape terrible, life-threatening violence at home. Matthew 2:13-14 reminds that after Jesus was born, his family was forced to flee to a foreign country where inhabitants spoke a different language and practiced a different religion. They were forced to flee without knowing whether they would be offered welcome and refuge, or meet further rejection and violence. They had only their faith in God, and the hope that the Egyptian people would provide them safety and shelter.

Advent is a time to share the miracle of Jesus birth and the Gospel promise of peace with justice. And it is also a time to remind ourselves and our neighbors that Jesus, too, was a refugee.

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