By Kevin Beirne
President, Bethel Bible Village
Kevin has led Bethel Bible Village since February, 2016. He previously held executive leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America for over 26 years. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Kevin is an active member of Eastwood Church and a Director of his Rotary Club of Chattanooga-Hamilton Place. At home, he is a devoted husband and father to two sons.
When you ask kids to draw pictures for a Christmas card contest,
you never know what they’ll come up with. Some are funny and others are sweet.
This year, one of the drawings stopped me in my tracks. It was created by a young teen, a single mom, who experienced a great deal of loss in the past year, including the death of her father.
This picture is her Christmas dream. It doesn’t include presents, a tree or even a stocking. It is just a family, whole and complete, represented by a snow man, his snow wife, and their three snow kids. The snow baby even wears a pink hair bow just like her own baby girl.
This is the greatest wish and desire of her tender young heart.
A Difficult Season
For many people like Alex, the silence of Christmas’s Silent Night can be a painful reminder of all that is missing or wrong in their lives. The loss of a loved one, fractured relationships or the longing to share the holiday with someone special can be sad and isolating.
If this is a difficult Christmas for you, I pray your heart will be filled with the hope of the season, and that God will protect your mind from depression. Remember that God does hear the longing of your heart:
“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17 (NIV)
For all of us, Christmas reveals a deep longing in our hearts, which only Jesus can fill.
A Powerful Witness
At Bethel, children like Alex see the love of Christ through you.
You give them hope
. You show them that in a large and often lonely world, someone cares. And your gifts
of food and funds model for them the unconditional love of Christ. It is the spirit of giving of Christmas itself.
Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas with Bethel. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a joyous new year.
How to give a child hope this Christmas.