January THANK YOU!
As this letter is being written, it is not really January 1st, 2011. It's December 10, 2010. It is smack in the middle of Advent, and I'm writing the January contributor's letter. I have been sitting at my desk trying to decide if I should write it now or wait till...well, till January.
As a counseling ministry, we are walking this December through a lot of darkness with kids and families. One teenage boy has a father that has now started drinking every day in the mornings, fighting off and on with his wife until he finally passes out around 7pm. An elementary school girl just found out that her older sister has a terminal illness. A middle schooler has been hospitalized three times in the past month for suicidal thoughts. The darkness feels palpable this December.
But January is coming. In Revelation 21:5, Jesus says "See, I am making all things new."
Ezekiel 36:26 says "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."
Advent is all about living in the darkness in great anticipation of the light. That light is coming. Our mercies are new every January 1st, every month, and every morning in the kingdom of our Good God. He brings light into our dark places. He brings hope into the lives of over 800 families currently involved in Daystar who are waiting. We are grateful to join you in serving him and bringing the hope of The Daystar into 2011.
Happy New Year,
The Daystar Staff