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Christmas & Bev Update

Dear Friends,

I hope that Christmas was a very special time for you.

It was for us. Bev’s bone cancer is a consistent reminder of something we should all be aware of each day: Life is short, eternity is long, and what we do during this brief time on planet earth has eternal consequences. I light of this reality, what are we doing each day that is really going to matter a couple of million years from now?

Time with family and friends over Christmas is a great investment of time to encourage one another to remember what Christmas is all about. The day the Son of God came to earth as a baby boy to sacrificially die for us so that we will be with Him and all those who know Jesus Christ – forever.

For us, the most precious time during the Christmas holiday was when we were exchanging gifts and our 4-year old granddaughter opened her presents. She was super excited and expressed gratitude for all she received – especially for the doll that came with several sets of clothes. And when she discovered three small clothes hangers in the box containing the doll clothes, she said, “Look, look everyone. Hangers! Thank you, thank you, thank you for these wonderful hangers!”

The adults laughed until our sides hurt. Then is struck me: that’s the same level of gratitude I should have for all of God’s gifts to me. Large or small, I should be grateful. James 1:17 says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (NASB). Did you get that? Every good thing given is from our heavenly  Father!

May we be captivated by His love and gracious way in which He provides for us.

Warmly in Christ,

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