2019 Event Photos
I was watching one of my favorite shows, Grey’s Anatomy, and at the end of an episode Meredith said:
“The blood shed on the proverbial battlefield bonds us more than simple genetics. DNA matters when it comes to medical history. But I’m a Doctor and I say family is family. I don’t give a crap whose blood you have.”
Often around Hope Street I hear, “oh, that’s my cousin.” In the beginning I was amazed at how many family members people had. I would do my best to try and understand the ins and outs that made them family. Eventually I realized “cousin” was more of a term of endearment used to denote someone as “my people”, my family. It didn’t matter whether or not they shared the same blood - they shared similar life circumstances, moments both small and big, that created a bond that supersedes blood.
This may cause some people to cringe. For others they may be offended that the term family is used too loosely. While others may be experiencing this in a real and tangible way. I would like to insert here a proverb:
“The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb”
People show up at Hope Street with and without healthy bonds to family. I am going to go out on a limb and say most don’t have healthy family dynamics. Many have been abandoned, written off or used. There is this draw to be accepted by family but all too often the cost is too high to pay.
The cost for us to be family was unthinkable. Jesus knew it, mourned it, and willingly entered in. He didn’t want us to get caught up in boundaries - he wanted to create a way for all of us - no matter gender, age, race, blood..to have the opportunity to be part of God’s family. Not a family that just sounds good, not one we theoretically enter into - but one that we live and breathe on a daily basis. He wanted us to experience life to the full (still does) and He knew that happens best inside of community.
At Hope Street we embrace community.
Our community is Family.
This Family is celebrating 20 years and we are just getting started.
Will you join us?
Celebrating 20 years of a firm foundation
Proceeds from the 2019 "Hope Street Family Reunion" Fundraiser
will support Hope Street's Acorn and Baby Acorn Fund.
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