Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Alex Vasquez, director of Young Life in Sioux County, about his work in the community. He is speaking from several platforms that allow him to serve as a “bridge builder” between cultures within Sioux Center.
I have been contemplating the barriers that immigrant students and their families face in U.S. schools for at least the last year as this is the topic that I’m delving into for my dissertation as a culmination of my doctoral studies in multicultural education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In the fleeting moments of his time here on earth, Jesus showed his disciples that their fruitfulness is dependent on their connectedness to the vine. This is a new way of living in the world.
The real preparation for Christmas must take place in our hearts.
Jesus’ words also accentuate the truth found throughout Scripture that all of creation glorifies God. May we not get so distracted by our own pursuits, agendas and religiosity that we miss the significance of encountering our Savior and King.