It really doesn’t matter where I am. When our flag is raised and the National Anthem is played, a huge lump knots up my throat and I quickly blink back the tears. Although the weather may not cooperate this July 4th, it really doesn’t matter. Rain may shut down the fireworks, picnics and parades, but it certainly will not dampen the overwhelming pride in our country and gratitude for our freedom.
Here at Star of Hope, freedom takes on a whole new meaning. Many of our clients have been chained to the bondage of addiction, abuse, generational poverty, hopelessness and despair. For some, it’s the only life they have ever known. But when they come to Star of Hope, they find there is indeed hope for a better tomorrow. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, clients are equipped with the tools they need for successful, independent living. They are no longer bound by the past, but free to discover the bright future that awaits them.
Even more important than the practical skills that empower our clients, clients have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ, in whom there is eternal freedom. In Matthew 11:-30, Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." As clients invite Jesus into their hearts, they find the amazing freedom and unique purpose that comes only through a relationship with Him. Last year, 5,332 clients decided to trust their future to Christ and many more have made decisions for Christ already this year!
So on this Independence Day, we rejoice with our new brothers and sisters in Christ who have found true, lasting freedom in Him! As we pray, we ask God’s continued blessing and direction for our nation and our work here at Star of Hope. And we ask His blessing on each of you and all those He sends through our doors. Have a safe and happy July 4th!
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