A Child is a Gift
I can’t think of the winter holidays without thinking of Christmas. I can’t think of Christmas without thinking of Christmas Eve. I can’t think of Christmas Eve without thinking of church. And I can’t think of Christmas Eve at church without thinking of this line from an annual reading at the UU church I attend:
“Each night that a child is born is a holy night.”
It fills me with respect for the sacred gift that is each life. It reminds me of the great joy, awe and wonder parents and familyfeel when a child is born. It gives me hope for the future of the world and our community.
This holiday season Berks Teens Matter asks you to join us in remembering the sacred gift that is the life of each and every child in our community. Whether they are 6 hours old, 6 months, 6 years, 16 or beyond, we encourage you to rekindle the joy, awe and wonder of their birth. No matter your relationship – parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, neighbor, teacher, mentor, etc. – consider starting a conversation with the children in your life, whatever their age.
Ask them about their hopes and dreams for the future. Tell them about your hopes and dreams for them. Talk, together, about the steps they can or are taking today to make those hopes and dreams possible. Let them know that they matter to you. Let them know they matter to our community. Share your stories with us at www.berksteensmatter.org