Week of December 17

Letter from Mr. Hamilton

   In watching the news over the past few months, I began to see how consumed one could become with all the chaos that is going on in the world, not to mention in our own jobs and own communities. I began saying to myself, “Don’t forget about the children.” This thought wasn’t necessarily reminding me, personally, to remember them - it was actually prayerful hope for the world to remember them. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how important it is to continuously nurture and love these innocent gifts from God; to protect and guide them; to show them the difference between right and wrong; to teach them to take care of themselves; and to comfort, laugh, and cry with them. It’s more than just remembering them during the Christmas season, and it’s more than just remembering our own children. All children need our guidance and prayers, especially in a troubled world. Did you know that according to one source, there are 97 bible verses pertaining to children being a blessing, 48 verses about loving your children, and 100 about children growing up? I think this illustrates how important they truly are. Here is one of the more popular verses about children:

Mark 10:14 When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

     I can only imagine the amount of love and guidance Mary and Joseph gave to their beloved child, Jesus. I pray that every child is protected, nurtured, and loved, always, just as Mary and Joseph cared for and loved the Christ child, Jesus. What a great gift to give – the gift of love. I continue to pray for all children throughout the world, and I continue to pray that they grow stronger every day in their faith and trust in God. And I pray that we all grow in our faith and prayer life, growing closer and closer to God every moment of every day. May the spirit of Christmas be in your heart and shine through your smile for all to see – young and old.

Merry Christmas - and God bless your New Year,

Steve Hamilton