There are nearly 634,000 people in the U.S. living without homes. It is estimated that the cost of eliminating homelessness would be around 20 billion dollars. That sounds like a lot of money until you consider the fact that it is less than our nation uses on Christmas decorations every year. The following link will lead you to a chart on Huffington Post that shows several expenditures our nation makes every year that would be enough to address homelessness if we really cared.
This year, as we gather in our warm homes illumined with garish lights, and listen to hymns about a baby born into cold darkness to bring hope to the poor, perhaps we can remember that the baby came not to put the lights of Christmas on our homes, but the light of compassion in our hearts.