Merry Christmas from my home to yours. You’re doubtless every bit as busy as I am (or more), so this will be short and sweet, but I wanted you to know that our family (including 7 kids, 5 with spouses, and 14 grandchildren) is thriving. Also, this will be the only post for the next couple of weeks while we all celebrate the holidays and enjoy our families. This will be something new for me, as I’ve been trying to post nearly every day for the past year, but sometimes living in the present requires 100% of our attention, doesn’t it? Here’s hoping we’re all able to put aside our past pains, present problems, and future anxieties so we can focus on the goodness God intends us to experience each moment of today in the way of love, joy, hope, and peace in his presence and the present He’s given us: Jesus Christ, His perfect son, who came to show us how to live and then died in our place so that we can have forgiveness for our sins and eternal life. Think of His life—full of pain and suffering, abuse, grief, problems, and reasons for anxiety about the future. Yet, Christ lived a life of perfect compassion and love, fully present with those around him and able to meet every challenge by prayerfully submitting himself to his heavenly Father. He was even able to say, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” to those who killed him. If Jesus could live a sinless life in the midst of the terrorism the Jews were experiencing at the hands of their Roman oppressors…without a home for refuge, any transportation besides walking, or even food in his cupboard (backpack?), then can we honor Him by taking time to focus on The Present—Jesus—and the time He’s given us to live today? I hope so. God bless you! See you in January.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…” (Isaiah 9:6-7a).