Like a lot of you, I typically get to December and think, “I’ve gotta get my annual Christmas letter done soon!” And then for days, as I procrastinate, I start to remember and reflect on all that has happened over the past twelve months.
The birth of our 8th grandchild, Lupine, to Isaac and Tiffany.
My first trip to Africa to participate in the Purpose Driven All Africa Pastors Conference.
Celebrating 41 years of marriage to my best friend.
Another missions trip to Guatemala.
Publication of my 6th book and 2nd children’s book, Bye-Bye Monsters.
An awesome vacation at the beach in San Clemente.
Nearly 14 years of pastoring Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley.
Naturally, the year presented some unexpected events and circumstances, but I have so much to be grateful for at this stage in my life I dare not complain.
I recently asked my ten-year-old granddaughter, Adelle, what she likes most about Christmas. She thought for a moment, smiled, and said, “Family!”
That pretty much sums it up for me too, but I would say family and friends. Of course, I value and honor the goodness of God who loved us so much He sent His son to love and redeem us. Unquestionably, I enjoy this wonderful season of celebration and joy. And yes, my wife’s Christmas baking always makes me smile (and fat).
But you matter to Laura and me. Whether we connect face-to-face, via Facebook, or through an occasional call or email, the people in our life are a gift to us . . . people like you.
The older we get, the more we realize the wisdom and blessing in collecting friends rather than possessions.
I hope this Christmas you remember our love for you, and I pray this next year you experience all God has for you and yours.