I hope you all enjoyed this past holiday weekend and all had a Merry Christmas. I enjoyed a quiet Christmas at home with Betsy, the girls and the puppy. It was a day spend relaxing having a nice dinner and a couple video calls with family. Christmas Eve we got the chance along with the Yunkers family to serve a dinner at Connections Shelter. It was a great opportunity to show our kids a way to serve others during this holiday season and provide for those in need of a good meal. It is so easy for us to know where our next meal is coming from. I am hoping it helped my kids realize what a privilege it is for us to know these things in our home.
We were also thankful that we were able to video chat with loved ones this year and still open some gifts together. We of course would have preferred to spend part of the holiday with family but decided for us to spend apart was the thing we wanted to do this year. I know it will make us appreciate the time we spend together more in the future. I spent time this past weekend thinking a lot about my family.
I got a Christmas card from my Grandma and it made me think back to when I was a kid traveling to Perry and Fort Dodge, Iowa where my parents were from and spending Christmas' with my extended family. We have not done that for many years as all the cousins have gotten older and everyone's extended family have extended themselves. This weekend I thought about those that have passed away through the years and how this time year can be so tough for many while remembering those that cannot celebrate with us anymore.
You all know I like to include some music videos at the end of this newsletter and I had some in mind that I wanted to include this week and when I opened up YouTube this morning to find them a different one popped up that I decided to click on. The video was from the Piano Guys that that they did with Christian artist Craig Aven. It was a song about those remembering those who are not with us this year called The Sweetest Gift. I wanted to include the video at the top of this email. Whether you're missing those that have passed this last year or just missing those you would normally have gathered with this year and did I hope this song can bring you some comfort this year.
Director of Spiritual Growth