So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:4-7


Do you know someone without a safety net in life? Someone that has no one to call when things are tough physically, emotionally or financially? If you do, I encourage you to reach out to them this holiday season.

As we go about our daily lives which can be so busy and overwhelming, pay attention to those little details of others and what they might be saying to you. While it’s obvious that the person on the corner asking for money needs your help, it can be harder to pick up on other’s needs. The signs are sometimes subtle and not so apparent.

You never know what kind of changes you may be making in that person’s life, or eventually in the lives of others that person will someday touch. The ultimate story of this is when the inn keeper helped Mary and Joseph when it was time to give birth to baby Jesus. The inn keeper had no idea he was providing a safe place for the savior of our world to be born.

I encourage you to listen to the tiny details of others’ lives and help make their holiday joyful. Invite them to your Christmas gathering, give them a present, invite them to church, pay a bill for them, anything to help them feel loved and cared for.

There was a time in my life when I felt very alone and wasn’t sure I could make it one more day. During that time, people in my life did all of the things I have mentioned and helped me to take one more step forward. Be the safety net someone needs.


Lord, please, help me to notice the subtle signs that someone may need some help, and please, show me how to help them move forward in their life.

Yvonne Ruff is a Northland mother and an author of short stories and devotionals.

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