The Christmas season is upon us! Christmas trees, lights, decorations, music, nativities – they are everywhere we turn. I’ve always loved Christmas, and this year is no exception. The Christmas movies were pulled out Thanksgiving evening, and we officially kicked off the season Saturday by attending our town’s Christmas parade and going to a tree farm with David’s family to pick out our Christmas tree.
I’d be lying though if I didn’t admit that this year is a bit bittersweet. Knowing that the Christmases we will celebrate in the states with family are limited, at least for many years to come, I am seeing everything more clearly and cherishing each moment more. I’m being intentional about finding time to make the memories and experience the moments. But the moments are tinged with the taste of a few tears as a part of me mourns for the memories to come that we will miss.
I’m abundantly grateful that although we will be leaving friends and family behind when we go to Papua New Guinea, we won’t be leaving behind the One we celebrate each year at Christmas. God with us. Wherever we are. I’m so excited to think that we will be able to help bring others this “…good news of great joy, that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10b). Can you imagine what it will be like for people to hear the Christmas story for the first time? It is amazing to think we will get to be a part of that!
Mourning and rejoicing. Letting go and looking forward. Peace and joy. A beginning taste of what this life we are called to will be.
We appreciate your prayers, not only for us, but for the many missionaries serving around the world, far from friends and loved ones, so that God may be glorified to the ends of the earth…. An amazing privilege!