Growing up, Christmas was my favorite time of the year. It was magical. All of my family came together for Christmas Eve dinner at my grandparents' home. That's where all of us caught up with the relatives we hadn't seen the rest of the year. Presents were piled around the tree. Joy was in the air.
As an adult, these past few Christmases just haven't been the same. It's no one's fault; in truth, we're all most likely to blame to some degree. For several reasons, all of my family often hasn't all gotten together to celebrate the holidays. And when we did, joy didn't fill the house.
My situation is miniscule compared to those of many of the children and families Buckner serves daily. But I found myself thinking about them this Christmas day. How many of them are thinking about a family that no longer exists? How many of them are longing for a place of hope and joy during Christmas?
As we turn the page from Christmas to New Year's Day, I pray that each the children and families found the new beginnings they wanted this Christmas -- whether it be in the form of a comforting hug of a Buckner foster family or the security of a stronger family through Buckner Family Hope Centers.
New beginnings happen. They happen each day through Buckner ministries. Families come together. Hope permeates their activities and relationships. God works miracles.
I know. Yesterday, he did one by bringing joy back to my Christmas. May it be true for all to whom Buckner ministers to as well.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19
- Are you willing to allow God to do something new in your life?
- What parts of your life is God renewing?
- As the calendar turns, look for new personal beginnings.
- Start something new in 2017 by volunteering through Buckner. Check out our Volunteer Central for opportunities today!