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Do you remember Noelle, my friend who wants to be a news reporter? This morning at Sunday School, she told me about a news story she discovered from 2006. It was Christmas Eve in the shanty town of Jalampur, in the Chhattisgarh region of India. Extremists had announced they would shut down any church service held on Christmas. But Pastor James Ram and some other Christians bravely gathered at a church.
While Pastor James Ram and the Christians were singing Christmas carols, men stormed into the church and beat some of them. One Christian lost his hearing after being hit in the head. The news report Noelle read did not mention whether he lost part or all of his hearing from the attack.
The Christians of Jalampur could not stay home and stay silent. They chose to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I wonder how many people heard their singing that night and wanted to learn more about Who they were celebrating!
Pastor Ram and the other Christians probably knew what Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16:
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (KJV)
They knew that the whole world needs to know that Jesus came. And how can they hear if no one tells them? But one of the men lost part or all of his hearing. I wonder what song he was singing before he was hurt. What was the last Christmas carol he heard?
And I wonder what he will hear one day when he is Heaven with Jesus. Will he meet someone who heard about Jesus because he told them? Will he hear someone say, “Thank you”?
I don’t know if he will get to meet someone like that or not. But I do know that he will hear the voice of Jesus. And that will be the most beautiful sound anyone can ever hear.
“Dear God, please help me be brave and let Your light shine in my life, brighter than the lights on a Christmas tree or even the stars in the sky. Help others to hear the best news of all—that Jesus Christ is born! And please help them believe in Your love for them so they can live with You forever. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”