I didn’t write a Christmas letter this year. Time somehow got away from me. Plus, have you ever noticed that Christmas letters are all about telling the recipients how great your year was? Well, 2004 had a bunch of challenges for us. Of course, it had high points, too. Daughter #1 got married to a wonderful man. Beyond the Shadows was published and readers have responded so wonderfully to it. Poppet came to live with us and has captured the hearts of everyone in our family.
But, hey, the truth is, for much of this year, I resembled Rudolph (above), all tangled up in the trials of life. Thank God for the faithful believers in our lives who prayed for health and work and family, etc. As the song says, "Life is hard. God is good."
Well, that could be the message of my Christmas letter. God is good and He is faithful and no matter what else happens, He is unchangeable. Peace on earth. Good will toward men. Because of Jesus, because He came to earth, born of a virgin, laid in a manger, I can declare victory over the tangled trials of life. Better still, I can look forward to the future with optimism. Jesus holds my future. Allelujah.
Awesome. I guess I should have sent that Christmas letter after all.