Alan and I just returned from a Southern Caribbean cruise that was full of emotional highs and lows. We did a lot of things we’ve never tried before, such as taking a mud bath in volcanic spring water, zip-lining, riding horseback along the beach and into the sea, a realio-trulio submarine ride, etc. Alas, I’m totally over my head with preparations for my beloved children coming home for Christmas (starting with the Hawaiians this weekend) and will have to wait until snug, snowy days in January to recount my tales. Meanwhile, I’m reading with relish each Christmas greeting that has come to us via email or doorbell but now sadly realize that no thoughtful greetings will go out from us until after the holidays. The silver lining is that all 19 of us will be together, and we’re going to get a family picture made on December 26th, so I will have that to share. The last studio portrait, made about 7 years ago, only had 11 of us, so our family has really grown!
I hope you are healthy, happy, and dazzled by God’s beauty and love these days. The older I get, the more I marvel at His grace and goodness. Know that I love you because of Christ (even those I don’t know by name) and pray for you, and please pray for us whenever the Lord brings our family to your hearts and minds. Life is such a blessing, but it’s also a race, a battle…heart-breaking and thrilling. Don’t let anything dull your passion for all that is pure and good! May God bless you with His boundless love, joy, and peace.
“Now unto him that is able to keep you [and me] from falling, and to present [us] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 24-25