• Father Lance W. Harlow

One Foot in Front of the Other

(By guest blogger, Laura Duquette)

Have you ever been through a difficult time where it seemed no matter which way you turned, some situation was derailing, another coming unglued and yet another just ripping at the seams? It’s very unnerving to us and to our routines when things seem to suddenly fall apart, despite our best efforts at holding things together. These are times we need to talk ourselves out of despair and worry and continue to put one foot in front of the other, taking faith-filled steps and trusting that things will work out. I had a week exactly like this a few weeks back, and it is so much easier said than done. When living through turmoil, it can be very hard to remain calm and find the path out of it.

After the chaotic few days settled down, I began to think about the challenges I had been through and reflected on how I could better handle the next storm. I also felt relieved and thankful that the situations had been resolved and that peace had been recovered. It also made me reflect upon the fact that if it was hard for me to get through an exceedingly tough week, how much more difficult would it be for a child to weather life’s storms?

The children who live at Kurn Hattin Homes have lived through very challenging storms in their lives, many of them much more profound, long-lasting and painful than what I had been through. Some of these challenges; such as, experiencing homelessness or witnessing domestic violence within their own families, are extremely painful and particularly arduous situations that are not so easily mended.

Therefore, our support of the Kurn Hattin Homes is crucial. At the Homes, they work tirelessly to provide a truly caring environment that allows the children to live out their childhood, understand their self worth and gain the tools to grow stronger and face life’s difficulties. Of course, as with any challenge we overcome, the recollection of what was faced will remain, but at Kurn Hattin Homes, the children can experience a restorative process that will bring back some of what was lost, allow them peace and security in their daily routines, and give them new opportunities to learn and grow so they can persevere in their future.

Won’t you join me in donating to the Kurn Hattin Homes with the St Nicholas Project this Easter?


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