“Joy to the world, the Lord has come…” This quote from a beloved Christmas Carol captures the reason we should celebrate during this season. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son…” (John 3:16) Sharing time and activities with our loved ones from near and far highlights all that we do. Giviing and receiving gifts, enjoying sumptuous meals, savoring favorite libations, enjoying special moments with a significant other; maybe even a good nap bring delight.
Let us not forget those whose feelings during the many festivities occurring are far from pleasant because of illness, incarceration, absence, separation, estrangement, or death of persons in their lives. Remember those whose celebrations are hampered by the lack of money, food, clothing, or shelter. Reflect on just how blessed you are.
Please continue in prayer for Beverly and her daughter, Rachel, as well as those health care professionals who are working diligently to bring healing. She is truly grateful for your prayers. Beverly reports Rachel's condition has improved to fair. The doctors are working to determine which medications have brought about this improvement and what the next steps will be in the course of her treatment.
As a reminder, the Regional office will be closed December 24, reopening January 2, 2014. Have a blessed Christmas and may the New Year find you drawing ever closer to the Christ we celebrate and striving to live and work as He leads you.
Eugene James, Regional MInister