"Christmas is the promise that the God who came in history and comes daily in mystery will one day come in glory.
God is saying in Jesus that in the end everything will be all right.
Nothing can harm you permanently, no suffering is irrevocable, no loss is lasting, no defeat is more than transitory, no disappointment is conclusive.
Jesus did not deny the reality of suffering, discouragement, disappointment, frustration, and death;
he simply stated that the Kingdom of God would conquer all these horrors,
that the Father's love is so prodigal that no evil could possibly resist it."
He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,
for the old order of things has passed away.
-from "Reflections for Ragamuffins" by Brennan Manning; 1998.
Thursday night our mission organization had a Christmas party. Traditionally we sing many Christmas hymns and carols. This year, I played piano and Mikayla played clarinet for that. We had a great time!
Yesterday (Friday), James' friend, Sojo, came to play for the morning. James calls her "My Sojo". For one of our activities, we frosted cookies. They really enjoyed eating some of their creations, too!
We awoke today to an email announcing the death of a dear friend from our sending church, Walt Horning.
Though we do not grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13), still we grieve.
He and his wife Dorothy have been dear and faithful friends of ours, prayer warriors, and supporters for many years. I sang in the choir with both of them for many years. They faithfully volunteered with our mission organization for several months each year, going to another state to live while serving at one of the main centers. They spent a year in Papau New Guniea at a missionary school as teachers.
They greatly encouraged us in answering the call to missions when we felt God leading us to engage in full-time mission work.
We pray for God's comfort and peace for Dorothy and the rest of this family in this season of grief and loss. (Ecc. 3: 1 - 14)
Walt as Zechariah in our church's annual "Jesus Walk" celebration."
Walt always had the aroma of heaven beckoning him on. He exuded joy, praise, and exultation over the hope that he had in Jesus Christ. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He was compassionate, a hard-worker, a great mentor.
He will be sadly missed here on earth. It will be a great reunion in Heaven to see him again.
A few weeks ago, Ben asked his teacher if he could bring Jerard in to the class to 'show off' his brother! So today, I took Jerard to Ben's class.
Ben shared a bit about how we got James and Jerard and about some of Jerard's special needs. We had a handout on hydrocephalus, brain function and what a shunt is.
(And personally, as Ben's Mom, I was so happy and proud of
him for taking the initiative to want to show Jerard to his class. Ben is a good kuya [older brother] to Jerard and James!)