Scripture: Luke 2:1-2
Reflection: Just as in biblical times, we have just recently participated in the 2020 Census. That massive undertaking that occurs every 10 years, when the government attempts to account for every person living in America to help them determine how billions in federal funding is spent each year on critical services, including education, health care, housing, and public transportation.
For many, this is a simple task. Open the computer, click a few buttons and you’re done or maybe you still prefer “snail mail” so you tear open the envelope, fill in a few circles, put the form back in the provided envelope and send it on its way.
But, for many others, the simple task of completing the census form stirs up all kinds of feelings. Undocumented immigrants fear they will be deported, our homeless neighbors are reminded of their lack of an address, and many of my friends and family, who are African-American, struggle to align their desire to participate in the system with the inequities and injustices that they face on a daily basis.
The act of completing the census is paramount for our country “to know” how many people live here and to be able to provide the necessary resources for the citizenry. But, at Advent I am reminded that God already “knows” each of us and He has already provided so much more through the birth of our Savior that none have to walk in fear, lack, or injustice. Jesus’ birth brings joy as it reminds all of us that we count, as a child of God; as member of humankind worth saving even if we don’t properly complete the form.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for knowing us and counting us as your children. Thank you for the gift of Jesus who binds us together as humanity and helps us to shed fear, lack and injustice. Amen.
Author: Donna Fair, Wellness Ministry Director
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[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].