Wishing You The Merriest Christmas Ever! by Suzette & Dave Parker

        SUZETTE:  My husband’s enthusiasm and joy in celebrating has always made my life better! Here’s a glimpse of why our life is as great as it is. Of course we’ve shared our fair share of stuff in life that isn’t pleasant or fun and some of it downright heart-breaking, difficult discouraging and draining. Those hard circumstances can make it really tough to focus on the positive in our spouse and it can be a downward spiral.  Sometimes (a lot of the time) those hard circumstances became much worse because of my own selfishness and self-centered thinking and behavior…. but when my perspective has been tainted by the ugliness of my own thinking, and I am not thinking of him fondly, there are many, many good things I can choose to focus on. Fortunately, we are currently doing very well and I haven’t had to make those hard choices lately – just want you to know life is a journey for all of us. If you are in a hard time now, hang in there and remember the good things about the one you committed to love.
One of the many things I am thankful for is Dave’s enthusiasm and joy in celebrations! I am sharing an article he wrote along with the pictures he chose :)……
        DAVE:  I love ChristmasChristmas music, lights (lots of lights), traditions, family,
Friends etc. One of my favorite traditions has become our Christmas Eve Service. It is one of the most peaceful and reflective times of my year. I hope you will join us.
5pm- Rose Hill Middle School
This year, in particular, I am so ready for Christmas. Actually, I still have a lot to do and my list is growing but I am ready for the world to slow down a little and for people to take a break from the meanness, violence and negativism that seems to have pervaded so much of life in America this past year. I’m ready for the peace that is promised to a world that puts their hope in Jesus to be embraced by all. That’s a tall order and one which will not fully come until Jesus returns but it does seem like we at least get a glimpse of it each year during Christmas.
I am sure that next week, the spirit of Christmas,the touch of the Savior of the world who many claim is just a fable, will have the same effect that it normally does. It is unprecedented that something 2,000 years ago, still stops the world in it’s tracks and people still claim it’s just a fable.
My hope and prayer is that you will take a moment and decide how you are going to live out the Christmas spirit that Jesus wants so badly for His church to invade this world with 365 days a year.  It starts with us individually and takes on a life of its own from there.  I pray your love, your generosity and your kindness will flourish.
See You Sunday as we celebrate Christmas, baby dedications and worship and adore the one who has given us the greatest, most unselfish gift ever.

Joy and Peace,