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Hope for Christmas

Monday, December 12, 2011
by Erika Wise

As we celebrate Christmas, let us know that our hope is not found in man, the gifts others give, but in the 'baby' that came so that we may truly know the hope of man!

Christmas is a joyous time for many...but, for those struggling financially and emotionally, it can leave them with little or no hope.  The Star of Hope--its staff and programs--are here to show guests and clients of the true Star of Hope--Jesus Christ.

For nearly 20 years, we have had the Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program for those who have left our programs and may be struggling their first year or two out on their own.  Church groups, families, and companies call asking to help make Christmas special...it is no small miracle that these families and individuals who need help receive bountiful blessings of gifts, support and love from perfect strangers!!

This week, I received an email from someone in need. Here is some of what she wrote:

"I was married on October 5th, 2011...just a few months ago.  We found out I was pregnant shortly thereafter...my "husband" told me on November 5th that he no longer loved me, and did not want to be married to me...I was living the fairytale until we moved into our home just a week after being married...He has no concern now for me, Clayton (her 8 year old son), or our unborn child...I am completely in a bind and don't know what to do about Clayton's Christmas.  The reason that I am so concerned is that I have always been able to provide him a very good Christmas from Santa.  It breaks my heart that because I put my trust in a man my son is now suffering." 

This story is all-too-common.  Mothers and their children are spending Christmas looking for a safe place to stay...someone to care...some hope...

Through the generosity and gifts of donors and volunteers...*Sherry and Clayton--and, her unborn child--will be blessed with gifts and love this Christmas.

I think back to that first "Christmas" night...a pregnant woman carrying the HOPE of the world...And, that is what we celebrate this time of year.

"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him 'Immanuel'--which means 'God with us.'" Matthew 1:23

*Names changed to protect privacy/confidentiality.


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