It hit me the other day that this may be my last Christmas stateside for some time. I would like to think that I will be able to get home from the mission field each and every Christmas, but considering the price of tickets these days and other obstacles, that might not always be possible.
Though much of my family is scattering to the four winds this Christmas, I will enjoy the pleasure of spending a quiet Christmas with my sweet mother. Though I have been busy from the moment I arrived in Carrabelle, I do get the privilege of spending time with mom on the weekends. One of the most important reasons for my relocating to Carrabelle was to be close to my family before I leave the states for Mission Saint Lucia. I am thankful that God has blessed me with such a wonderful mother and I will cherish the blessing of sharing Christmas with her this year. If there ever was a woman who loves unconditionally, it is her. Merry Christmas Ma!
To all those who have supported and/or are supporting this mission, (monthly or one time gifts), Merry Christmas to you! You are a blessing to the lost, the Kingdom, this mission, and to me personally. Thank you for your faith in the mission, your faith in me, and especially, your faith in God! Thanks to you, this time next year, Lord willing, there will be new converts in Saint Lucia that will, possibly for the first time, truly realize the "Reason for the Season."
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6.
Isaiah was talking about what we call, "Christmas." He was talking about God giving His only begotten Son to a lost and dying world in order that the lost of that world might be saved. There are two words that jump straight from that verse into my heart, and I hope yours as well... "...Unto us..."
"Unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given..."
What a gift! Nothing will ever even begin to remotely come close to comparing to the magnitude of the gift God gave: His Son!
There are so many in the world, (Saint Lucia included), who do not really understand the enormity of what God did by sending His Son into this dark dying sin-filled world. Because you are willing to engage with this ministry, you are sending that wonderful message out for those who are willing to hear. And for those who are willing to hear, believe, and yield their lives to God, salvation becomes a reality.
You and I become the vessels through which God's good news is spread and that is the meager gift we give back to our wonderful God!
God bless you this Christmas!