Family and friends,
Merry Christmas!! At Christmastime, you see and hear the word “peace” a lot – in Christmas carols and on Christmas cards. Throughout 2021 we have been reminding ourselves of the peace referred to in Isaiah 26:3-4.
You keep him in
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
This perfect peace is found not in the circumstances of life but rather in God through Jesus Christ. 2021 has been a year of blessings and some of them were very unexpected. Here are just a few of the blessings…
January -Four out of five of us had COVID. Thankfully none of us had bad symptoms and we were blessed by friends who helped with meals, groceries, and prayers.
May - Joel graduated from Northpointe Christian School. He is attending Grand Rapids Community College now.
August - Krista started her 5th year as a paraprofessional/intervention teacher at Northpointe Christian School
September - I started my new position as pastor of children’s ministry and adult education of Trinity Baptist Church
October - Josiah got his permit and had a great fall season of cross-country
November - Jadyn was baptized at Trinity Baptist Church as she wanted to make public her desire to follow Jesus Christ.
In December we started an Advent/Christmas devotional book as a family. Come Let Us Adore Him is filled with reminders of the real meaning of Christmas. Day 8 of the devotional says “Sin has broken the most important relationship in all of life, the relationship between people and their Creator. This separation alters everything in each of our lives. That’s why it is so wonderful and encouraging to know that Jesus came to earth to be the Prince of Peace. Through his life, death, and resurrection, he would make peace between God and us.”
Through sickness, major transition times, another year at work, a new job, a new teenage driver on the road, the joy of seeing our daughter baptized, and the highs and lows of life, we want to trust Him more and more and we are praying that you, our friends and family, will do the same.