September Thank you!

 

"When the road starts to turn around each bend, I've learned You are good, so good.
And when somebody's hand holds me up, helps me stand,You are good, so good.
With every breath I take in, I'll tell you I'm grateful again.
Cause it's more than enough just to know I am loved and You're good.
When it's dark and it's cold and I can't feel my soul, You are still good.
When the world has gone gray and the rain's here to stay, You are still good.
With every breath I take in, I'll tell you I'm grateful again.
And the storm may swell.  Even then, it is well, and You're good."

Facebook says a lot.  At least, it says a lot about the thoughts and feelings of the adolescents that are constantly "inbox-ing" and updating their statuses.  After our summer camp was over this year at Daystar, there was one status that seemed to be catching on the facebook statuses of the kids who had just left 9th-10th grade camp.

"And when somebody's hand holds me up, helps me stand, You are good, so good."

The words are from an unlikely worship song, actually from a lullaby album that quickly became the theme of our summer at Camp Hopetown.  It's also a theme of daily life at Daystar Counseling Ministries.

"When it's dark and it's cold and I can't feel my soul...
When the world has gone gray and the rain's here to stay...
And the storm may swell..."

all describe the emotions and experiences that lead families through the doors of our yellow house at Daystar.

Their 7 year-old daughter is so anxious about leaving her mom she cries all the way to school every day.

Their 15 year-old son has lost interest in the things he used to love, including, it seems, his own family.

They don't know how to tell their children they are getting a divorce.

He doesn't know how to tell his kids he has cancer.

"The world has gone grey and the rain's here to stay," or so it very convincingly seems.

We say often at Daystar that we have the privilege of walking alongside hurting families.  We GET to be the hand that holds these parents and children up, and helps them stand.  Through individual counseling, groups and parenting seminars during the school year, our mission is to provide hope.  It is to remind six to sixty-five year-olds that, in the midst of their struggles, God is still good.  He wants good for them.  They can get through whatever pain they are living with today.  It will pass.  He will pass them through it.  They are not alone and we are committed to and have the privilege of walking alongside them for as long as it takes. 

"And the storm may swell.  Even then, it is well, and You are good." 

Thank you for being a part of our ministry.  We are honored for you to walk alongside us.

 Warmly,


The Daystar Staff 

"You Are Good," words and music by Clint Lagerberg and Nichole Nordeman