May Thank You!!
Last summer, the gathering place for camp was the rope swing in the middle of the yard. Any time we had free time, a line of kids could be found standing, waiting for their chance to ride the swing. It didn't matter if they were in 2nd grade or 12th. They loved it, and took any chance to grab ahold of that rope, run, and swing out with a sense of wild and free abandon...
As is typical of Melissa, she used what the kids loved over the summer as a teaching metaphor. She talked about what it looks like to trust God...and that how, in the midst of our fears and struggles, we can grab ahold of him and swing out with our own sense of abandon.
So, one by one that night, the kids again lined up. This time, they were in their pjs and slippers. They climbed up on the swing and prayed with a counselor that they would learn what it means to trust God with their hearts, with their hopes, and with their lives. And then that counselor pushed with all of their might.
The children and families who come to Daystar Counseling Ministries are feeling anything but a sense of wild and free abandon. They are hurting. Afraid. Angry. Confused. Something in their lives has brought them to a place where they feel hopeless and need help.
Whether in individual counseling, groups or at Camp Hopetown, our primary mission is to restore hope for these kids and families. As we say often, we're just hear to walk alongside—through a family's divorce, grief, a child's loneliness, depression, anxiety, abuse—through whatever issue has left them feeling alone.
Hebrews 6:18-19 in the Message says, "We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab hold the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It's an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God..."
It is with this hope that we are free to love. It is with this hope that we are free to offer parents and children of all ages a reminder that we serve a God who redeems every hurt. He holds fast to us. The rope holds, as Melissa said over and over last summer. And so we are free to swing out and trust him with even more abandon, confident in his goodness and love for us.
The Daystar Staff