Bubna Christmas Letter 2013

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Perhaps you have read this before and you can relate: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”

Undoubtedly, this is one of the greatest lines found in A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens.

It also pretty much sums up 2013 for me.

Unbelievably great things have happened:

•    Wonderful trips to South Florida, Hawaii, and Israel

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•    The release of my first book

Epic Grace Reader
•    Two years of being cancer free

Cancer free

•    Celebrating thirty-eight years of marriage to my best friend

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•    An international TV appearance on TBN’s Praise the Lord to promote Epic Grace

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•    Children and four grandchildren who continue to bring us great joy

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•    The honor of serving a church filled with amazing people

Kurt Eastpoint

On the other hand, we’ve had some things as a church and a family that have been extremely difficult to navigate. Things I didn’t see coming…things I didn’t expect or enjoy.

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It truly has been the best and worst of times…enough said.

Perhaps, it’s what we learn in the journey that matters most. Perhaps, the good and the not so good tend to come hand-in-hand. Perhaps, life is a mixed bag, and yet I can choose what I focus on.

I’ve learned (again) how I never deserve the favor of God and yet He continues to surprise me with His grace.

I’ve learned (again) how precious His presence is to me in the valley of the shadows.

I’ve learned (again) the value of good friends. As the philosopher Charlie Brown once said, “A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable that a lot of friends who only know your smile.”

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I’ve learned (again) that if life was easy, I probably wouldn’t lean on God as much as I should or grow as much as I need to grow.

When I look back over 2013, I see God’s hand. I see His goodness. I see His kindness. I see One who has never and will never let me down. Without a doubt, I also see plenty that still baffles me. But where is it written that I will always understand everything along the journey?

Christmas is a time to remember, a time to reflect, and a time to rejoice. Know that we remember you and rejoice over your friendship.

My prayer for you and me as we face a new year is simple: Father, please help us to stay focused on You, to stay comforted by Your abiding presence, to stay filled with Your hope no matter what we may face, and to stay the course one day at a time.

“Trust in Your Father
with every part of your being.
Stop trying to figure out everything
along the way.
Make Him your first and greatest priority,
and know this:
He will get you precisely
where you need to be,
exactly when you need to be there.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (Bubna Paraphrase Version!)


Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

You are loved…

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22 Responses to Bubna Christmas Letter 2013

  1. Kurt, you are an artist who paints with words SO beautifully! Merry Christmas to our wonderful friends and mentors. We love all of you dearly!

  2. Kurt,

    This is a beautiful Christmas letter. Thanks for letting us be a part of your journey and may God continue to pour His blessings on you in the coming year.

  3. Thanks so much for all you and Laura do for our Church. I share in your prayer and feel so blessed to call Eastpoint our home. Also, what a great series of sermons we are in! Merry Christmas.

  4. Merry Christmas Kurt & Laura,

    Cathy and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Our prayers are with you and everyone on staff. Your efforts are appreciated!

    Love in Christ,
    Steve -n- Cathy

  5. Being part of the Eastpoint family is an honor and privilege. We love being able to celebrate with our family and we’re also glad to be able to pray through the tough times together. Thanks for sharing with us the joys and the sorrows. We look forward to what God will bring in 2014. Life is good. Merry, merry, Christmas! Charlie and Judi

  6. Kurt,
    We visit your church about four times a year while visiting Spokane for various events. You never cease to amaze me! I am one of those in your flock who have had “a bad decade”. Thank you so much for this letter, your book, and your messages and prayers in every service we have had the privilege of being part of. It is always difficult leaving Eastpoint for the long drive home, but we always feel a part of you is with us. My heartfelt thank you to you, your wife and family, and your amazing staff for all you do, and for your honesty and insight which has helped me more than you could ever know. For all the twists and turns in the upcoming Road of 2014 – may you feel God’s presence every step of the way. Thank you, and much love!

    • SOOOO blessed by your response today. Thank you, Meg. I’ll be sure to pass this along to the staff. You are loved!

  7. Thank you for all you and Laura do for us. Each staff member adds a unique element to Eastpoint Church and are much appreciated! Your messages never fail to encourage, strengthen or help me to reflect and grow. Epic Grace has touched all those I have passed it on too. Have a Merry Christmas! Dan and Kathy

    • Hi Kathy, I always thank God for you and Dan! What a blessing you two are to me and many. Merry Christmas! You are loved!

  8. Thank you for being you. I still haven’t forgotten your offer of the book to me. I will be by to get it. Blessing to you and yours.

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