Tomorrow is the big day. As a child, I looked forward to the gifts with great anticipation. It never failed, as we sat in a sea of paper and toys that the sadness of a favorite holiday coming to a close would drift in. What I began to appreciate in adulthood and missed then, is that Christmas is bigger than that day. We celebrate the LOVE that was born on that day and the JOY He brought us. Those things can be experienced year round and given through the people around us. At Tiqvah we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and remind you that you too can be a source of that Christmas feeling all year long. You can share the love of Christ with others. We leave you with a beautiful example of what that can look like. Janiya, a Sr. High student at Tiqvah, wrote up this lovely insight on the love she feels while at Tiqvah and now has the opportunity to share with others as a volunteer. May it bring you joy and inspire you this Christmas.
“Hey my name is Janiya. I’m 14 years old and I live with my mom, my dad, and my two sisters. I love being with family and friends. I love drawing, writing, and reading. I love to speak about real world problems in our world and I want to be a photographer when I grow up. Most of my time has been in Massillon, but then I moved to Canton to go to school here. I pretty much know everybody that goes to my school and I associate with a lot of people in my school. I have been doing good. Tiqvah has impacted me a lot. It has made me listen more and turn around my actions and behaviors. It has changed my life and my point of view on God, Jesus, and even kids. I never realized how much kids wanted us to read to them or give them hugs and play with them. It made me realize where the love is and it’s at Tiqvah. Everyone’s smiling and hugging and eating. It’s amazing to me. I could never ask more from Tiqvah ‘causeit makes me feel at home and makes me feel amazing. It helped me out on everything and made me happier when I had a bad day. I thank everyone who’s ever been at Tiqvah.”