This time of year, we hear a lot about HOPE. It is on Christmas cards, wishes and messages all around us. I thought a lot about hope and have decided that 2020 has given me a wonderful lesson on HOPE.
We hope for many things all year long- some small things that we can take care of ourselves if we want to put in the work: A better position at work, good grades at school, more money in the bank, etc.
The more meaningful things we often hope for might be: a healthier year ahead, a better marriage, better relationships with our friends. But these things, too, often are in our own hands. We can commit to eating better, exercising regularly. We can decide to spend more quality time with our spouse. We can be a better friend to those whom we want to be better friends to us. This takes some selfexamination and honesty to realize what is ours to improve upon.
But the kind of HOPE that Raven Rock is committed to each and every day is the kind of hope that comes only from God. It is the hope a mother has for the life of the terminally ill child she holds close to her in the middle of the night. It is the kind of hope someone who has lost their job of 30 years and has no prospects of another. It is the hope of the parent we speak to every day who feels they have lost their teenager to drugs or to suicidal ideation and can’t find the brake to stop the runaway crisis that is thundering down on them.
These things are not in our hands at all. Without a Miracle, all is certainly lost. That is what 2020 has taught me- our God is a God of Miracles and He works through all of us- we have seen people all over rise up to help each other. Loving daughters and sons are tending to their quarantined Mom or Dad; complete strangers are giving meals to those who have nothing; sick people are getting care from sacrificing nurses, doctors and friends.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” (Matthew 25:35)
I have seen all of us working together to help the children and teens who have become so hopeless they do not want to go on. You have joined with us to offer Miracles, with God’s power, to the hurting Moms and Dads of the children who come to Raven Rock.
“…he was lost and now he is found.” (Luke 15:24)
I humbly ask you to consider offering whatever support you can to continue our mission to recover kids and restore families, be that in dollars, volunteering or prayers. We need us all to move boldly into the New Year. It will be a good one if we work to make it a good one. Give hope to someone in 2021.
Thanks and gratitude to all,
Tim & Sandy Matts