As many of you know I have been on vacation for 12 of the last 14 days. It was a much-needed break to spend time with my family and especially my wife. Last year I preached 51 out of 52 weeks and the only week I didn’t preach I was driving a 26 foot U-haul across Canada headed to Adrian. My mind and emotions were worn down from a long year. It is hard to believe that only one year ago I was preparing my resume and thinking about the possibility of leaving Alaska and now I am 4,000 miles away in a new town serving a different Church. It has been a year of prayer, struggle, emotions, moving, learning new people and places and trusting God to put it all together. It was a good year but exhausting. The last two weeks have helped me to relax and refocus.
First, we had a wonderful Christmas highlighted by a great Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve my family and 110 of our closest friends joined together for a candlelight program at the Church. I thought it was a great experience for everyone. Personally my family and I were blessed by numerous cards and gifts through this time. We want to thank everyone who thought of our family during this holiday season. Thanks for your love, support and kind words.
Second, we had a wonderful new year highlighted by our 20th wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe that I have been married over 20 years and I thank God for our time together. My parents came down to visit with us for Christmas and then Michelle and I took a vacation together while they spoiled the kids. We didn’t do anything big this year like we had originally hoped, but it was a wonderful time anyway. We toured Missouri while shopping, eating good food and just spending time together. I thank God for every moment of this break.
So today I am back in the office chair. I will be writing again 4-5 times a week. I will be preaching again, with 4 planned Sunday’s off through the year. I will be teaching again while trying to plan some conference time to be taught. I am dreaming again of another great year in my life, my family and the life of the Church I serve.
Thanks to everyone for your support and I look forward to another year together.