Merry Christmas Everyone!
As I write this newsletter, I’m listening to “Anne Murray’s Christmas Album.” “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is currently playing. My favorite female singer is easily my wife (her voice is only one of the reasons she is ranked first), but Anne Murray ranks close behind her. In fact, I think their voices sound somewhat similar. Cheryl actually sang an Anne Murray song to me (“Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life?”) during our wedding, so that Anne Murray song is especially meaningful to me!
We all encountered a year that we could never have imagined as we began 2020 on January 1. Our ministry also encountered a difficult year and some drastic changes as well. I will detail some of that in our annual yearly recap newsletter after the first of the year, but for now we want all of you to know we can never thank you enough for all of your prayers, encouragement and continued financial support through the challenges this year has presented. It is truly amazing how God has provided and sustained us and our ministry.
We hope this letter finds you in good health and enjoying the many blessings that God has given you. We know that even though that’s our hope, there are still those of you who are suffering. Maybe you or a loved one are in poor health, or you’re dealing with a death in the family. Maybe you are currently separated from a spouse, parent or other loved one because of the virus. Maybe you are enduring other family or financial difficulties. Maybe with all the dilemmas going on in the world and in your life, you are wondering what hope there is this Christmas season. We want to remind you there is hope, and it is found in the reason the little baby Jesus was born so many years ago in Bethlehem.
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:10-14 NKJV
We have a Savior Who was born to bring peace to this earth and goodwill to all men, but the world has rejected Him, bringing turmoil and conflict all around us. When we reject Him personally, our lives suffer turmoil as well. Still, His birth provided an answer and a hope, because He lived a sinless life and suffered a cruel death to pay for our sins. If we will accept Him as Savior, we will know a peace that this world cannot provide no matter what comes or what we have to endure here on this earth. He will also be there to give us a personal peace during whatever difficulties and heartaches we face during this life.
It’s our prayer that you will find the peace God desires you to have each day, along with eternal life through Jesus Christ through His sacrifice and resurrection. The sure and certain hope we can experience is only …..
Because of Christ,
Dennis and Cheryl / Ambassadors of Grace