Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer.
Romans 12:12 CEB
So far, this past year has been the most challenging time in my ministry as a youth director. One of my youth, who had been battling drug addiction for some time, passed away as a result of an accidental overdose. Her middle name was Hope.
In times like these, we feel broken and alone. Let us remember that God knows what it feels like to lose a child. Although the circumstances are quite different, the pain remains the same. But there is strength and healing in Christ’s sacrifice for us. Our hope is restored by the truth that we, as Christian’s, all have numbered days on this earth but will spend eternity with one another and with our Savior. During the Advent season, my prayer is that you will experience joy, thankfulness and the gift of hope because that, my friend, makes this journey a little less lonely.
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Heavenly Father, give us hope during the Advent season, celebrating the life and love of your son Jesus Christ. Fill our hearts with kindness and compassion, helping to lift the burden from our fellow brothers and sisters. May we experience the joy of your mercy, spreading your truth and love to the ends of this earth.
Katie grew up at Peachtree Christian Church and was actively involved in the youth program from grades 7-12. Her time in CAST, Peachtree’s Christian Acting and Singing Troupe, developed her love of theatre, which lead to a BA in Theatre (cum laude) from Samford University. Now, she’s back as the Youth Director with the goal of providing Peachtree’s youth with the same atmosphere of acceptance and love she experienced as a youth while encouraging them to follow Christ’s path. She is intensely grateful for her husband Jeff and her 7 month old daughter, Hannah. All time favorite things… spending time with her family at their lake cabin, quoting movies with her brothers and eating food. Because man, it’s good.