Dear Prayer Partners,

One of our residents caught me as he was leaving chapel just the other day, “Pastor Eric, you should read Hebrews 6:18 and 19; it’s my family’s verse.” He was smiling from ear to ear.

I promised I’d read it.

It says, “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”

What a powerful, yet simple truth to be reminded of this Christmas season: that God’s promise, fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ, means we can have hope for our future.

Many of our residents, our children in foster care, and their families are struggling to find hope. There are few things in their lives that they would call “strong and trustworthy.” Yet my prayer, and our mission, is that they would come to see and experience the kind of hope that is rooted in God’s unchanging word, and that it would become for them—as this verse says—an anchor for their souls.

I’m so thankful that this young man had the courage to share his family’s verse with me. And, as we are headed into the Christmas season, it is guiding my times of prayer for our staff and the youth and families we serve.

Would you join me this season in praying that the hope found in the person of Jesus Christ would be the anchor for their souls?

In Christ,

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Pastor Eric Woods

 

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