A December Thank You 2016

 

Advent is a season of waiting.  In the more liturgical churches, it is a time of preparation for the joyous celebration of Jesus' birth.  In advent, we are suspended between knowing Jesus' birth is soon, but also knowing it is not yet here.  We look forward to the stable...to the star guiding the wisemen...to the carols and the gifts and the coming of our Savior.  But we are not there yet. 

The children, adolescents, and families that come to Daystar Counseling Ministries are in a perpetual state of waiting.  The birth of Christ feels a long way off when your daughter is struggling with anxiety that makes her afraid to go to school.  It is difficult to wait for the joy to return to your son's face when every time he's in his room alone you worry he is hurting himself.  What does waiting even mean when you are 12 years old and your parents are separated so that things will get better, but the fighting only seems to be getting worse? 

Daystar annually serves over 1400 families who are waiting.  They are waiting desperately for some shred of light in the midst of the darkness that feels like it's permeating their lives.  That is why Daystar Counseling Ministries exists—literally to be a light in the darkness. 

We are a ministry that is all about Advent.  We are called to take the hand of the child who is hurting and show him the star over the stable.  The pain will not disappear entirely this side of heaven.  But, as we all know, there can be hope in the midst of that pain.  That is why Advent ends December 25th each and every year.  Jesus is born, and with him is born the promise that there is more to come. 

Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.  It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.                                                                                  Isaiah 25:8-9

Thank you for being such an important part of our Advent ministry.  We thank you, as do the families that are in the midst of the waiting.  We look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ with you.

Warmly,
The Daystar Staff