Worthy. Not Worthless.
of no use, importance, or value
The world uses a harsh and selective lens to determine value. How would society view this story?
A young engaged teenager, pregnant but not by her fiancé = worthless
A baby born in a ramshackle structure, wrapped in rags = worthless
The smelly sheep herders' report of the birth of a King = worthless
An immigrant family fleeing from persecution in their home country = worthless
A carpenter’s son who becomes an itinerant preacher = worthless
Yet, this is the story of the birth of Jesus. The Son of God, stepping down from His place in heaven to take human form and bring salvation to each one of us. Jesus who is worthy:
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” (Psalm 145:3, NIV)
And through Him, each one of us is made worthy, regardless of gender, race, or developmental limitations.
In Haiti, disabled children are referred to, both by their parents and community, not by their name, but by the word “Cocobai” which translated into English means “Worthless”. Even here in the U.S., disabled children are looked down upon and seen as less than.
But that is not what Jesus says
. Jesus sees each of us as worthy, especially the children. “He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:36-38, NIV).
This Christmas season see every child as worthy, created by God to for a specific purpose just as he or she is. Pray that every child is allowed to fulfill that purpose. And if you feel a tugging on your heart, consider giving to VBF in one of the four ways we need help the most.