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“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ― C.S. Lewis

I think C.S. Lewis might be referring to our life in our final home with our Father but I think it is a great perspective as we begin the New Year. 2013 was an incredible year for Hope Clinic. That doesn’t mean it was perfect for sure. But this side of Heaven I am beyond expecting that. Instead I have learned to see the beauty of both the blessings and the shortcomings.

Our client numbers continued to climb in every category and their stories continue to amaze me. You would think after 10 years I would become complacent about their stories, but I am not. They feed my soul every time.

Our volunteers put in more hours than ever before and our internship program at the colleges continues to be strong. I am thankful everyday people give up their time to be here and do some really hard work. It is not easy to enter the lives of our clients. Their road is bumpy and filled with healthy and unhealthy choices. These volunteers pour their hearts out whether it is directly with a client, in the prayer room, stuffing mailings, or folding clothes in the maternity/baby room.

And people like you, who met every financial need we faced this year…even ones we were not expecting, like broken pipes and a broken furnace. I am so in awe every December when over $100,000 arrives at our door in less than two weeks. I worry at times that my awe shows me how little my faith must be, but I have come to accept that this awe each year is the kind of awe we must have in Heaven. The realization of this amazing gift that we could never earn. The kind of awe that brings you to your knees.

Thank you for being a part of this tapestry. I believe your gift is marked for eternity. I pray you are blessed this New Year and that you feel God’s love and care through every moment.