Dear Friends in Christ,
As we tell the story of God coming among us in human flesh once again, we can point to parallel contemporary realities. In San Diego alone, more than 9,000 have been told repeatedly there is no room in the inn. A few hundred have glimmers of hope as tents and camping spaces are set up along with increased help to find permanent housing, yet more than 90% will not find a space in a tent, apartment, or inn.
is paralleled by
across this country. While we've made global progress in reducing the worst of the world's poverty, more than half of school children in the US get free or reduced-price lunches. In other words, their families don't have enough income to ensure there is food on the table.