Christmas is a beautiful time of year for most. We often look forward to family gatherings, holiday vacations or even exchanging gifts at the dinner tables. But in the world that is filled with fear, doubt, unrest and uncertainty, it can also be a time of pain and hopelessness. It can be a season that highlights a longing for purpose, joy and LOVE!

The real message of Christmas is not gifts and goodies, new toys and familiar traditions or decorations. What lies at the very heart of Christmas is the most stunning and significant fact in the history of the world: that God himself became one of us. Jesus is the message of love for the humanity. He came down to rescue us from sin and restore us to the final joy for which we were made: to know and enjoy Him. He came to reconcile us to Himself (Colossians 1:20). He came not to supply us with the bells and whistles of a commercial Christmas, but He suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18).

As ambassadors of Christ and minister of reconciliation, we are empowered to bring our own revelation of what this means to others in this Christmas season, that they may know and encounter His love and kindness for themselves.

Through the Christmas 4 Kids hosted by Hands of Hope, you can be the vessel of love to the children and youth in the local communities by giving out your 6 hours to volunteer for the event.

You can also spread the message of hope to the families and individuals who are at risk of homelessness, as well as those who are seeking refuge and asylum through the Christmas Hamper project. Simply pick up a Hands of Hope bag at your respective service locations, fill the bag with items and bring them back to Unidus Community Centre.

Last but not least, you can invite friends, colleagues and neighbours to our Pre-Christmas and Christmas events on both 17th and 23rd of December.

To find out more information about Christmas community projects and events, visit www.handsofhope.org.au or Hope Church Brisbane app.

May our courage and willingness to bring change, and the pursuit of His love, be what defines us as followers of Christ.

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