Thursday, January 15, 2009

Merry Christmas '08

OK, so this year's "Christmas" letter was a little late going out. Blame me--waiting to get a picture of the new baby to send. Not my fault the little stinker waited til January to make his appearance! LOL Anyway...

Dear Family & Friends,

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” -- Luke 2:7-11

“Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die; Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.” – Charles Wesley

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the good news sung by angels more than two millennia ago bring joy and peace to your hearts today. For though Christ did lay His glory by to be born in a manger, He is nevertheless the Prince of Peace and the Son of Righteousness. And though more than twenty centuries have passed since the very first Christmas, He still brings light and life and still gives men the second birth (John 3). So as we enjoy the Christmas season this year may we consider afresh and anew Christ the Savior: the snow might remind us of His sinless purity, Christmas lights might bring to mind that He is the Light victorious over all darkness, Christmas trees might cause us to consider His sacrifice on the cruel tree on Calvary, and exchanging gifts might muster our thoughts to ponder His gift of eternal life. Do our traditions magnify the Reason for the season, or do they insulate our celebrations from Him?

Our family has much to celebrate and thank our Lord for as we reflect on 2008 and the beginning of 2009. Also, it is with our deepest gratitude that we wish to express our thanks to each of you. Whether through prayers or by generous gifts or in offering encouraging words, your love and help have been vital to us throughout the most trying year our family has ever faced. Yet, by God’s grace, we look forward to 2009 having grown in our walk with Him and having grown as a family. We rejoice to introduce to you Daniel Earle, who was born on January 9th at 11:56pm. He weighed in at an even 9 lbs. and was 22 inches long at birth. Although Daniel’s birth was not at all as we planned, we thank the Lord that He blessed us with our third child safely and soundly.

1 comment:

TulipGirl said...

*grin* Love the pics.