I love the Christmas season. I love the cold crisp air. I love the carols that play on the radio. I love the meaning of Christmas in the ultimate gift of Jesus. But as much as I love Christmas, I love it even more now that I have children. I love watching them enjoy many of the things that I enjoy at Christmas time. I love celebrating with them as they sip hot cocoa by the fire. I love to tell them the Christmas story. I love to look in their eyes and see the joy and excitement that the true meaning of Christmas brings.
As I think about the eyes of my children at Christmas time, I also think about the eyes of the many kids that we work with at Capital District Youth For Christ. I think of the sad eyes of a young boy who has been told over and over again that he has no value, who’s Christmas will not be filled with joy. I see the lonely eyes of a twelve year old girl who at such a young age is forced to take care of her drug addicted mother wondering if anyone will care for her this Christmas. I am heartbroken by the teary eyes of a young mom who is crushed by the memories of Christmas past, hoping she can do better for her son.
These eyes are the windows to the broken hearts of many of the young people that we come in contact through our ministries. My prayer this year is that we will bring hope to the eyes of these kids this Christmas. I hope that this will be the year that the light of Christ penetrates the darkness that has hovered over each of them. I pray that this Christmas, their eyes will shine with the bright light of the Savior born to save them.
Thank you so much for all that you do through prayer and support of the ministry of Capital District Youth For Christ to reach young people. I pray that you too will experience the Joy of Christ this Christmas.