Dear friends thank you for taking time to read this Christmas post. 2Corinthians 8:9 “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” It seems almost impossible that Christmas is just a few weeks away and the world is once again scurrying about celebrating a “season” which they really know nothing about. To the world it is often called the “silly season” but to us which know personally the Saviour it is a time to rejoice in the fact that He “...made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2: 7-11.
Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had fourteen around the table with I Thessalonians 5: 18 positioned in prominent places in the kitchen and dining room to remind us that in EVERTHING, yes EVERTHING we are to thank Him! We gathered in a circle holding hands with each one giving thanks for something or someone and then David quoted I Thessalonians 5: 18 and then gave thanks to the Lord in prayer.
Only the Lord knows what 2013 will bring and in many ways we are thankful for that. We could never imagine that 2012 would have Pam undergo open heart surgery and a pacemaker implanted in David. David has had no more fainting spells since the pacemaker was implanted for which we thank the Lord.
Pam went to the endocrinologist again last month for her thyroid. He wants her to take some radiation medication to kill the nodules on her thyroid. He told her the percentage is in her favour that it will only kill the nodules and not the thyroid. However, she is putting off taking the medicine until after the grandchildren’s school Christmas programmes as she is not to be around anyone for a couple of days after taking it due to its radiation. The place where she goes to have the medicine administered is changing doctors as well so it may be in January when it happens.
In closing this last epistle for 2012 we thank the Lord Jesus that He has allowed us to “preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” here in Australia these past thirty four years. We also ask the Lord to give each of you a very blessed Christmas with the knowledge of God’s having given “his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” It looks like our Christmas is going to be a HOT one. Summer began the 1st of December and it was over 100 degrees that day.
We are certainly nearer His Coming than this time last year,
David and Pam