Some people say that it is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas time. A time for family. A time for celebration. A time to be filled with joy. For us here at Forerunner, it is a time for all of those things.
We are so thankful for our Forerunner Family. It is because of you that we are able to build relationships with those who have been impacted by fatherlessness. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for your connections. Thank you for believing in us. It really means more than we can express. I am personally encouraged by your support.
We celebrate. The Lord has done so many good things through the people of Forerunner Mentoring. I was talking to a mentor named Jordan the other day and he was telling me about a conversation he had with his 9 year old Forerunner on the way to one of our events. He told me that his Forerunner now refers to himself as the "Old Cannon" and the "New Cannon". The Old Cannon was the Cannon before Forerunner. This was the Cannon that used to make fun of people, fight, and yell at his teacher. The New Cannon has learned a new way. A better way. This Cannon now tries to be kind to people, be respectful to authority, and control his emotions. Now, is Cannon perfect? By no means! But he is trying. And he is transforming. And we're pretty sure the Lord is using Jordan and the staff at our after-school program to rewrite Cannon's story. Now that we can celebrate. We celebrate our God as we say "the old is gone, the new has come!"
We are filled with joy as we reflect upon Jesus Christ and all that he has done for us. To think that the Lord of everything sent his son to die for me, a sinner, still baffles me. It sounds too good to be true. I guess that's why it is called "The Good News". It is too good to be true. Jesus loves me despite all of my junk. And he loves you too. He also loves our moms and every kid in our program. He loves us. He really does. No matter what. He will never stop loving us. He will never leave us. He will never forsake us. He loves us. He likes us. When he thinks about us, he smiles. He is not disappointed in us. He doesn't judge. He loves us just as we are. He never changes. And it will always be like that. That truth fills me with joy today.
Thank you. Thank you for joining us as we do the Lord's work here in East Dallas. We invite you to celebrate with us as we stop and reflect on all that God has done through this ministry. We pray that you are filled with joy as you stop and reflect on all that God has done for you because of his great love for you.
Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the grace and peace of the Lord be with you today.
More of Him. Less of us!