“My hope for the New Year…”

“My hope for the New Year…”

A new year, a new decade.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19a)

Dear friends,

We’ve just entered a new year, a new decade. For me, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what’s been done and what’s to come.

God gives us a bit of grace in the New Year, don’t you think? He grants us this season as a reminder that He makes all things new. Through nothing we’ve done or can do, God redeems what’s broken so we can live in light of His goodness and mercy. Through Him alone, we hope—not fear—for what’s to come.

Because I work at Wheeler, I have the privilege of walking with men, women, and children on their journeys of hope. With everything they’ve been through—homelessness, addiction, loneliness, poverty—one would expect that they’d dwell on the past, on what should have been. But through God’s help, so many of our guests bravely look forward. The future may not be what they once envisioned, but there is hope in it.

Each hope is big and brave.

Throughout the month of January, many of us will resolve to do something hard, or gutsy—like run a marathon, reconcile a relationship, purchase a home, or pay off debt. If you think about these resolutions, the road to see them through is better walked with friends and trusted companions to cheer, guide, encourage, and celebrate. And at Wheeler, we’re here to do just that for our guests.

We recently asked our men and women to share their hopes for 2020—and friends, they sure are inspiring! There are hopes for reconciliation, sobriety, and places to call home. Each hope is big and brave, so our team committed to surround each one with prayer and encouragement! Will you join us? Every day throughout January, we’ll share on Facebook and Instagram a photo of a guest and his or her hope for 2020. Will you follow along and cheer them on?

Friends, I have no doubt that 2020 will hold its share of hardships and setbacks, but I also know that the God who redeems has His hands in every bit of what’s to come. Because of that, let’s celebrate together the hope we have through Him!

Rick

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