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Steepletown is very appreciative of all those who have supported our efforts and initiatives of over this past year, whether as a donor, volunteer, or partner.  There is so much that is done that brings about change and transformation that honors the dignity of each individual, and which also restores a sense of hope.  It is what we are called to do…when asked by Jesus who acted as a neighbor to the man who was beaten and robbed, laying along the roadside half-dead (the Parable of the Good Samaritan) the scholar of the law responded:  “the one who acted with mercy”.   Mercy is allowing the suffering of others to touch our hearts.  Mercy is responding in a positive way to someone who is struggling.  Mercy is extending compassion and care where it is needed.   Mercy is something we all seek at some point in our lives.  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Mt. 5:7)  Even Pope Francis has announced a yearlong Jubilee of Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015.

This time of year is filled with many expressions of hope.  Whether it’s volunteers serving a turkey dinner at the homeless shelter; gifts being bought for children whose families are poor; or the anonymous envelope to assist a struggling family with their heating costs.  These moments and acts invite us to embrace our unquenchable longing for renewed hope.

There are countless stories of hope every day here at Steepletown.  Our starting point is gratitude, for we rejoice in God’s continued blessings. We also rejoice in the support of so many individuals which gives Steepletown encouragement and the resources to do this work; this too has been a blessing for so many children, families, seniors and young adults here on the West Side of Grand Rapids.  As we pause to give thanks for the many expressions of hope this time of year, Steepletown asks for your continued and prayerful support.  Since Friday is usually one of the busiest shopping days of the year, we offer a link here to our Christmas Wish list, which will further Steepletown’s efforts at making hope a daily reality.  Browse either the PRESCHOOL WISHLIST or the GED – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WISHLIST and consider making a purchase.