A Season of Comfort and Joy
This year it seemed that the Christmas Season was truly one that brought me great
A highlight of the season,
an event always sure to bring
the East High School Girls of '63 Christmas Party.
|The EHS Girls|
Family time during the holidays also provides great JOY.
Christmas Eve: A Time to Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas
I love that it includes five sheep.
I place the little lamp next to Mary and think of Julie.
I think of her as spending Christmas sitting at the feet of Jesus.
Amy, Mason, and I went to church early on Christmas Eve where we were to meet my sister Carol.
Carol's great surprise and great joy was discovered when she exited her car in the parking lot.
Her son, his wife, and her granddaughter had driven in from California and surprised her in the church parking lot. We were also so excited to see them home for Christmas.
|Sister Carol surrounded by son Erik,|
and his wife Nancy and granddaughter Katie
at our home on Christmas Eve
I don't know when I have been to a more deeply moving Christmas Eve service.
Many in the congregation lost homes in the fire this past year.
The service, a beautiful, inspirational candlelight service, reminded us that as was prophesied in Isaiah
The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light
Having walked through many a dark day throughout the last few years,
I felt great healing as I sat next to some of those I love most with tears running down my face rejoicing in the birth of the One who came to bring Joy to the World.
As I told my nephew Erik, it is good to know that when one fixes too much food guests are provided to eat it all!
|Christmas Eve in our new kitchen!|
|Sister Carol with her handsome son|
and beautiful granddaughter
|Jim's daughter Trinette and her family|
|Jim's daughter Thia and her family|