I love this month. If you live through Black
Friday, December starts a month full of the world putting their best foot
forward. We decorate the outside of our
houses with lights, the inside with shiny things that are only brought out once
a year. We have parties, wear funny
sweaters and intentionally spend more time with family and friends. It is full of great food and inspiring
seasonal movies. Truly it is “the most
wonderful time of the year.”
December is a
wonderful month to work at The Children’s Home.
Getting to spend each day with these great kids is a life changing
experience as an adult. At the
Children’s Home, it is a time for us to spend more focused time with our
kids. We have parties and enjoy the
season together as well. It is an
opportunity to put our best foot forward and teach kids new traditions that
they will implement with their future families. We get to do the important, but
hard work of generational change.
On a deeper level
these kids remind me during this season that no matter how hard we try to be
good, no matter how hard we try to make things look perfect, we still need
help. Kids in foster care are a reminder
that no matter how things look there is still brokenness in the world. Nothing is shiny enough to distract them from
the truth of being separated from their birth families and the pain that comes
from being hurt by others. During this
season we are acutely mindful that our mission is to restore the identity of
kids, so they will understand their great value, and be a blessing to
Isn’t this the truth
of Christmas? We celebrate the God of
the universe choosing vulnerable love (sending His son) to restore our
identity; so that we would understand our great value; and be a blessing to
others. We are participants in the Christmas stories act of a loving rescue
reminding us how important we are to Him.
When we understand this great action, we are able to live it for the
benefit of the great kids of The Children’s Home.
Thank you for being a
part of taking future adults from troubled pasts and giving them hope. I am so very thankful to live and work in a
community that experiences the Christmas message rather than merely looking at
it. Thanks for being living examples of
the Christmas season.