And in Talia’s eyes, there was something new — dignity and hope. Restoring self-respect is so important in the lives of people who are in domestic violence and drug recovery programs, and it’s a joy to watch it happen. The family was together, safe and warm, and heard the real Christmas story for the first time. Now, that’s a Christmas! Every year, we watch this special exchange — kids receiving, and moms being able to give — and our hearts get so full. I don’t think we’ll ever quite get used to this kind of Christmas joy. We are so grateful for everyone who makes it possible for us to love people with God’s love at Christmastime. Thank you for your generosity, your donations of toys and clothing to women and children at Shepherd’s Gate, and of course, your faithful prayers. You really do make it a Merry Christmas around here. Have you ever experienced an out-of-the-ordinary moment that helped you appreciate the real meaning of Christmas in a new way? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments section below.
Jen Harp Director of Marketing, Shepherd’s Gate