God Uses Everything
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.
It's tempting to go through our struggles alone. Low points aren't glamorous or fun. But understanding that faith comes with hard days and dark times we can remind ourselves that we have Jesus who endured this road long before we did. He can enter into our pain and will remain with us through every hardship.
Creating a space where people can be known, heard, and valued right where they are allows us to enter into the hardship and the victories together. Watching our members start their dream job, reconcile with children, and walk out forgiveness are just a few of the victories I've been able to witness so far at Hope Street. And ultimately seeing this community reflect Him more and more every day has been a sincere privilege.
Father thank you for the promise that you will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you for going before us in all things. Thank you for knitting together this community at Hope Street, bringing each member, volunteer, and staff person here. I pray for the members you have brought into Hope Street, for Angie and Ashonti, Van, Jazzmin and Valencia, Evangelina, Mi-Amore, Jayseon, Anthony, and Azaria, Michelle, Grace, and Josiah, Marilynn, Karey, Rhonda, Duane, Normon, April and Peace, Charles, Victor, Correy, Mark, Larry, Rhonda, JJ and Terrance, Trimeka, Nikki, Christine, Judy, Betty and Arnold, Shelby, Jessie, Lisa, Ouida, Tesa and JaQuay, Jamarra, Deonte, TJ, and Lebron. Father let your love be known to each of them, let them know how valued, cherished, and seen they are by you. Continue to mold and shape this community how you see fit, Father. We love you. Amen.