I hope that everyone has had a blessed holiday season. If you are like me, you had a great time but are really glad to be getting back into the normal routine of life.
This holiday season was especially blessed for me. My family and I were able to share some wonderful times together. I was priviliged to be able to eat far more great food than I needed or deserved. I received some nice presents (yes, I will admit that I do enjoy receiving as well as giving). My church family was especially generous this year.
I am a music lover. This holiday season, I was able to hear some of the best I have heard in a long time. I have already mentioned getting to hear Gold City and Steve Sensenig. This past weekend, Kelley Murphy came and ministered to Pine Park Baptist Church and blessed us immensely.
Above all of that, however, it seemed that the greatest blessings of this Christmas lay in relationships.
There was a relationship in my family that had been broken for over ten years that had been particularly painful. During this holiday season, God brought healing and restoration to that situation.
God also provided me with a new friend that is proving to be a very special blessing in my life.
In addition, God also allowed my relationship with my wife’s family to take a large step forward. We have always gotten along very well, but this Christmas was really a time of us growing together.
I believe that all of these things are a reflection of what Christmas is supposed to be, “Peace on earth”. Only God can provide what I received this season, and for that I am truly thankful.