mentoring

For months I prayed over this day...

The day had come, it was the Grace's Table Christmas Celebration.

Volunteers gathered and we prayed that Jesus would be known and that the girls would walk away from this night knowing more about their value, and we left it in His hands.

We took family pictures and checked little ones into childcare, and then the mamas gathered in front of a special door. A door that led to a fine dining experience and so much more.

The door was opened, and there were squeals of delight, gasps for air, and hands flung to cover their faces, because it really was a site to behold. And then she asked...

"Is this really for us?"

Yes, sweet girl, this is all for you. 

And the tone for the evening was set. From family pictures and amazing childcare, to a 4-course meals that is still being talked about, to a portion of the night where we affirmed value - these mamas know they are loved!

Later in the evening each of the girls were given a gift of a mirror. Ms. Karla, one of our volunteers shares the following...

"My favorite part was when we gave each girl, one-by-one, a mirror to look into and then told them all the magnificent things about them and their unlimited potential."

Many of the words they heard that night had been shared by their peers. We collected them and added some affirmations and then had the privilege of speaking truth into their lives.

How did the moms feel about this? One mama shares...

“I’ve never felt so loved and appreciated before in my life until last night”

Thank you to our Christmas Angels, Partners, Sponsors, and Volunteers. You made this night possible and our hearts are filled with gratitude!

Merry Christmas!

Lisa E. Anderson
Founder of Grace's Table

P.S. If you are celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with us - You have helped us raise One Partridge in a Pear Tree, Two Turtle Doves, and Three French Hens. THANK YOU! Today is Four Calling Birds ($600), almost the equivalent of a month of Life Skills Courses. Grab some friends and see if you can help us reach today's goal.

Moments that change you

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Yesterday our visit took place at Helen Devos Children's Hospital. We met with her primary doctor, and the neurological team. They shared that while they have been doing everything they can to ease the seizures, and Detroit Children's Hospital had done everything they could, the MRI revealed images that nobody wants to see for their child. Words like fluid on the brain, atrophy, hospice all hung heavy in the room. She silently listened, never breaking her loving gaze from her 9-month old sweet one. 

Many of you have been praying for months that the seizures would subside and health be restored and this remains our prayer. When this little family found themselves alone in Detroit, friends and family from JJ's House and Grace Christian Church  surrounded them and welcomed them into community through prayer, meals, and visits. For this I am eternally grateful. We do not know what the future holds, but Jesus remains our hope and anchor.

So much of what we do at Grace's Table is focused on new life. We celebrate births and milestones, and we cheer on the change that is taking place in our lives. We have the incredible privilege of meeting girls right where they are and learning their stories, and let me tell you that not one life that has walked through these doors, or met me for a meal or a hug on the street has left me the same. They change you. You ache with them something awful, you cry tears that do not stop, and you love them fiercely because as mentioned before, we never know how long we will have with them. And at the end of the day we find ourselves flat on our face before Jesus because the life that has been lived is too much to carry on our own. We cry out to Him, and ask for healing and peace, for answers that may never come, and we ask Him to fill the space that has been left in the hearts of these women and children that only He can fill. We pray that in the moments, the conversations, the celebration and the grieving that they would know Him. Then we ask that He fill us again so that tomorrow we can go out and do it all over again. 

Today, I ask that you will stop what you are doing and pray for this family, for miraculous healing, restoration, wisdom, and a network of people right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan to hold this family close. It is with deep and sincere gratitude that I thank you all, near and far, for keeping us in your prayers.