Do you ever take time to think about
what the lights of Christmas actually represent?
Fun? -check. Festive? -check. Meaning? –hope.
Jesus the light of the world came to bring hope for a future in the midst of a very profound darkness.This week I got to experience what this really means.
As a single mother, Alma Delia Lopez Sanchez has been close to being swallowed by darkness, but the hope of Jesus is shining brightly over her life. Due to lack of proper living conditions her 5 kids have been living in an orphanage for the past ten years. Alma was only able to see her kids for an hour, once a month. Fighting to get her kids back became a cycle of losing jobs in order to attend meetings, struggling to provide for herself a place to be with her kids, and only getting a few sweet moments with her kids one day a month. Her husband, has been out of the picture for years, for a while in jail, and out of contact with her or the children for the last 8 years. How do you hold onto hope when your life is continually a struggle, when all you want to do is spend time with your children and they are just out of your reach?
I got to be a part of reuniting Alma with her five kids this week, and it was an unforgettable experience. We fought a cold and windy rain, we (I…oops) got the van stuck in the mud until someone came to save us, we stayed extra late to make sure we finished. I cried, I laughed, I am exhausted but so content. She not only now has a safe and secure home, but best of all her children will share Christmas with her in this new home! After ten years of separation, Christmas as a family!
Despite the darkness, the light breaks through, there is hope. As we dedicated the house the oldest daughter Jennifer, said “ I have seen the hand of God in my life.” What a powerful and true statement. God’s hand is on her life and ours. However much Alma desired and fought to be with her kids, to build a relationship with them, God desires that with us infinitely more. He is fighting for us, that we might embrace the light, that we might accept hope.
Homes of Hope is not about simply meeting someone’s physical needs and checking a box, getting on our way. Like the true meaning of Christmas lights, it is about a true and living hope. A hope in the living God, the Savior of all men. Because of this hope we have in Christ, we are ransomed, we are redeemed, and we are meant to share this light with those around us.