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The Christmas Letter

April 12, 2019

 

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

 

My good friend of many years always writes me a Christmas Letter.  His immediate family have all passed to heaven with the last being his Dad who passed from Alzheimer’s disease. Year after year his letters are so nostalgic and actually sad; being filled with memories of Christmases past.  They would make me think of my past Christmases with a house full of happy people and happy memories of giant oranges, chocolate drops, a new doll, and the family at candlelight service on Christmas Eve.  I was so sad for my friend who wrote only of the past with such longing.

 

Well this past year, 2018, the letter changed. It seems he developed a friendship at church with a group that goes hiking. Once or twice a month, they get together and go hiking on a weekend in the mountains, the towpath, or any of the many state parks.  The greatest and happiest news of all is that they are planning a trip in the spring to the Grand Canyon.  He stated, “I am interpreting less that my years are “dwindling” and more that they will vibrantly and fruitfully go on.”  My heart jumped for joy at this year’s letter and gave me hope for him and for myself also.

 

 

 

Heavenly Father, I look backward to all the blessings in my life.  Help me to realize I must also look forward to finding Your purpose for my future, In Jesus name.  Amen.

 

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