This was a different kind of Christmas for me this year. It was the second Christmas without John, and because of a blizzard on Christmas morning, we were snowed in and were unable to get together with family. Jonathan spent the day digging us out from under 3 feet of snow drifts. But it was a peaceful day, and the busyness that would have been was replaced with time to focus on Jesus’ birth and His purpose in coming — to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
Christmas Eve was a special time, also, as we celebrated Christ’s birth together as a church family. We read the Christmas story, sang Christmas carols, and enjoyed various special music with a violin, cello, harmonica, piano, and vocal solos. Ellie, my 6-year-old granddaughter, sang “Away in a Manger,” which was a special blessing to me. We planned to have our regular service Christmas morning but had to cancel because of the blizzard, so it was good we had this special time together on Christmas Eve.
God is blessing Ririe Chapel with faithful attendance and good Bible teaching by our new pastor. A new family with three young girls is attending, and this has caused a need to add another Sunday School class. This month we will begin a Bible study with lessons on how to witness to our Mormon neighbors.
I am still actively involved in ministry at Ririe Chapel. I still have more of a supportive role, but now it is to our pastor’s young wife instead of to my pastor husband. I also have a ministry of discipleship to women.
I have felt your prayers as I am coming to know the Lord in a deeper way. I have a greater sense of joy and peace in dealing with my grief and feel I am coming into a season of healing from my heartache.
I value your prayers and encouragement and need them now as much, if not more than when John and I ministered together.
You are a special part of my life, and I am grateful for your love and care and prayers. Thank you for standing with me in the ministry God has given me.
I wish you a joyful, happy, new year and pray the joy of Jesus’ birth will be central for you throughout the year.