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Reshma is a Habitat homeowner in New Delhi, India. This Advent, she shared her story, and the feelings of love and joy that she feels this season. Read the full reflection below.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” - John 10:10

I grew up frequenting various places of worship, assuming they all taught the same truth. However, when I was in my early 40s, I first heard the gospel of Christ. A person who visited the hospital where my husband had been admitted with a serious chest infection told me how much Jesus loved me. I was convicted and spontaneously surrendered my life to Him. Subsequently, I joined a church and attended weekly Bible studies. It was through my church that I first heard about Habitat for Humanity.

Since then, I have walked with the Lord Jesus. I give thanks that He submitted to His Father’s will even when that meant death on the cross.

I have relied deeply on my faith in recent years. In 2009, I lost my husband, and two years later, my daughter died as well. But through all the sorrow, I have known the deep and abiding love of Jesus. I know that like a shepherd who knows his sheep, Jesus knows my name. He knows my heart and brings me great comfort.

Despite the great losses in my life, I have also known great joy. My heavenly Father meets both my spiritual and physical needs, including the provision of a decent place to live — thanks to Habitat for Humanity. I am living a life of abundance through Jesus. I feel safe and confident in my home even though my life is nothing like I expected it to be.

During this time of Advent, a period of spiritual preparation that culminates in Christmas, we are invited to ponder the great love that is the Father’s gift to us in Jesus. This season is a time when I focus deeply on how God sought me out to show me how much He loves me. So during this season, I will seek to give back to others as a way of sharing the rich love of Jesus I have so freely received.

All glory to God!

Prayer

Dear God, thank You for the birth of Your Son Who came to save us and Who offers us a life of abundance. I am one among the multitudes, yet You called me to follow You. Thank You for the indescribable gift of Your amazing love. Please show me ways in which I can encourage others to choose life in Jesus. Amen.

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