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Merry Christmas
Goodness and Light
by Lori Brooks
 
Said the king to the people everywhere, 
“Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people everywhere, 
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night,
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light…”

Do You Hear What I Hear?
 
By Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker
Copyright Jewel Music Publishing Co Inc.


The lyrics of this tried and true Christmas Carol are so close to the hearts of those who serve at Strong Tower Ranch, for we have seen what goodness and light a child can bring to this world. A child’s joy can be miraculously contagious even in the midst of extreme adversity. We are fortunate to have the honor of serving so many children in our community with the incredible day camps in the summer and the horsemanship programs throughout the year.  This place offers peace, and these people who serve offer their hearts to love children. 

It is humbling to think that the King of kings came to us a helpless baby, born in a manger in the cold of night. I have heard this story and celebrated 50-plus Christmas seasons to know it well, but nothing brings it more to life than being able to serve the children who come to the Ranch. Just like the Little Drummer Boy, we give what we can with the gifts God has given us.  Similar to the shepherds in the night - the first to witness this history-changing event - we at Strong Tower Ranch get to witness the power of a child’s smile, receive the gift of a warm hug, and celebrate heaven’s victory when a child says “yes” to Jesus.  We know, without a doubt, that God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.

On behalf of the STR Staff and myself, we pray this time of year, no matter what your circumstance, will be filled with the Peace of Christ…the peace that transcends all understanding, for He has brought us goodness and light!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

1Corinthians 1:27-29
Philippians 4:7