For me and my wife, Margaret, Christmas can be a difficult time. At family holiday celebrations, there are two empty
seats: Kyle’s and Kristin’s. However, Christmas also gives me HOPE through the gift of a Savior.
We did not
“lose” two children - I know right where they are - with Jesus. They just beat
Margaret’s father and mine invested in our lives spiritually. They modeled for us and taught us about the
importance of a relationship with Jesus. They planted the spiritual seeds of
faith, hope, trust and love in our lives. Through the grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit, they continue to grow: reasons to rejoice
especially at Christmas.
During Christmas we focus on the main characters: Mary, Joseph and, of course, Jesus, but in Luke
2:8-20 the shepherds have taught me to remember four things to do at Christmas: