Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hope Unfurls Its Wings

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hope Unfurls Its Wings

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The view is stunning. Jagged volcanic mountains tower above desert shrubs and open land. But it's not the view looking outward that catches my eye. It's what's going on inside the children visiting the property.

Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch is a special place that unites disadvantaged children and rescued horses. Together, they learn more about what it means to be loved and valued.

Founder Kim Meeder has met a lot of hurt children and a lot of damaged horses. Yet her ranch succeeds in its healing purpose because the staff members see beyond the limited view of a broken life and instead acknowledge the complete, God-given identity of each child and each animal.

As Ms. Meeder says in her book, "Hope Rising," "God doesn't see a hungry precipice yawning open to swallow us whole. He sees the perfect opportunity for hope to unfurl its wings and soar free over logic that tells us what is and isn't possible."

With divine guidance in a non-denominational Christian setting, Crystal Peaks has grown from a simple idea to an active, working ranch. When I visit there, I'm reminded of how powerful prayer is and what God can do to rebuild and restore lives that seem lost.

Prayer is something instantly accessible to everyone, wherever he or she is. It opens our thought to the possibilities for progress. Prayer does more than help us bounce back from a rough period. It solidifies the very essence of what we are as God's children and provides a foundation of strength and security. When we feel our connection with God, we see the result in our daily lives.

The Bible says, "Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old" (Lam. 5:21). It's not human energy that successfully brings about healthy changes. It's God that motivates and empowers the turning, just as a leaf naturally leans toward a window because the light is shining outside.

As we pray, we lean toward divine Love, shifting our focus toward Spirit, away from loneliness and into inclusion. …

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