The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
It’s Christmastime — “the most wonderful time of the year,” as the classic song reminds us. For many, the season is filled with festive lights and carols, warm-hearted gatherings and holiday cheer. But for most of our guests, their memories of the holidays are not so rosy.
For our neighbors who are struggling, sadly, there are no cozy nights by the fire — rather brutally cold nights on the streets. Many are victims of domestic violence, some struggle with addiction … and still others have lost jobs, housing and all hope.
But there is hope — hope in the humble yet glorious birth of Jesus Christ, who came into the world to save us all from our sins. What a profound joy to share this Gospel message with the precious men, women and children who come to us in need!
Through the beautiful Christmas story, our neighbors in need discover a caring God who invites us to lead lives of hope and change, despite any circumstance of life. His love triumphs over every struggle, every mistake, every heartache — not only bearing the weight of one’s past, but redeeming it and using it for good. And when we share this Good News of the born Savior with those we serve — when we see a glimmer of hope reappear in their weary eyes — truly that is the most wonderful time of the year.
As we prepare a joyous Christmas celebration for our guests, I am so grateful to those who make it all possible. Donors who provide gifts, toys and food; volunteers who help decorate, wrap presents and serve meals; friends who help make every neighbor feel welcome… what a blessing to see so many come together to make the holidays extra special for our guests!
By God’s grace and through your generosity, our guests are able to experience a happy Christmas — some for the very first time — and know the hope of a Savior who loves them. Thank you for your compassionate support. Merry Christmas!
Patrick H. Vanderburgh, D.Min.