Pausing at the Start of a New Year

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As we enter the New Year, I must pause and reflect on the sobering realities many in our Sonlight community have faced in the last year.

I am deeply saddened by the recent death of two Sonlighters whom many of us knew from the Forums. I mourn with the Sonlight families who have faced intense hardships and even the loss of children this past year.

I don't have wise words to share or uplifting personal stories to relate. But I do want you to know that the Sonlight community is in my prayers.

Every week at the office, the staff and I gather in small groups and pray for you and all the Sonlight families. We have praised God for miracles. We have prayed for marriages, medical struggles, rebellious children, and worn-out parents. We have prayed many times in the last twelve months for our Father to comfort those who mourn.

Wherever you are in life's journeys as you start out 2010, I pray that God will richly bless you and your family. I pray that He will open your heart to His healing love and guiding hand. May He draw your family closer together. May your children learn and grow in knowledge, mercy and truth. May you know your worth as a child of God.

I look forward to the mercies God will grant His children this year. And I hope in the truth that one day, Christ will wipe away all our tears and the entire Church will dwell together in unity with God and each other.

May the peace of Christ fill your heart,

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