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Living in joyful expectation

One word that comes to mind when we think of Christmas is ‘expectation’.

When we were small, we looked forward with excitement and expectation to the Christmas tree and the presents beneath it. As we get older, we look forward with joy and expectation to spending time with those we love most, our family and friends.

In a broader sense, too, those thousands of years ago, the world waited expectantly for the arrival of Jesus, God in the flesh. And we await him expectantly now, in our own age.

Every day, at Good Shepherd Ministries, we spend time with many who go through life feeling as if they are ‘not worth it’. Poverty, addiction and mental illness are all labels, labels that tell us not to value the human being. But, of course, we know differently.

We believe that each person who passes through our doors is made in the image and likeness of that little Bethlehem baby. Sometimes, this is very difficult to see, and, as a result, very difficult to love. However, we do our best to honour the dignity in every person who spends part of their day with us, by remembering that Jesus Himself was born homeless.

All our guests come to us in expectation: the expectation of hospitality, a warm bed, a clean place to stay, a good meal, support and encouragement for their recovery, a home to call their own. For this, and all that you do to bring a bit of heaven down to earth for those we serve, THANK YOU!

From all of us to all of you, we wish you a Merry Christmas, joyous holiday season and a blessed New Year.




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