Tuesday, December 21, was National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day as well as the first day of winter and thus the longest night of the year.
So, we at St. Matthew’s House chose Tuesday evening to hold our annual candlelight vigil remembering those in our care who we’ve lost over the past year.
After CEO Steve Brooder opened in prayer and Father Orsi shared a short story, Ray Steadman, VP of Programs, read aloud the 67 names. It was a somber time of rememberance, yet as the service came to a close and the crowd sang “Silent Night,” one truth became clear: despite the difficulties we’ve faced over the past year, we can find comfort in those around us and hope in Christ.
Even though I walkPsalm 23:4 (NIV)
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
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