Letters from Home

December 18, 2013

Christmas Greetings Everyone, 

     We are indeed having winter weather. On Sat. it snowed and snowed and snowed some more. It was beautiful to look at and to watch it come down. The countryside was covered with a clean, white blanket of snow.  

    A few days later on my morning walk there was a slight breeze blowing and the sun was shining through a thin cloud which made it's rays seem weak, otherwise the sky was mostly clear. It was a beautiful morning and a pleasure to be outside. I looked up as I heard the chirping of a flock of Horned Lark as they flew by overhead. It is amazing how those birds can find food in a field that is mostly covered with snow. Whenever farmers spread manure on a snow covered field it creates a good feeding spot for those  birds.  

     Is everyone busy with Christmas preparations?  

     In all our busyness let's remember the real reason for the Christmas, which is Jesus. One Friday evening the youth enjoyed a time caroling; singing Christmas songs at different homes.  

     Following is a Christmas poem/blessing someone sent me. I want to share it with you all:  

Christmas is a special time, A time for me to say,  

How special is the friendship, we share along the way.

 

A special time for asking God, To bless you from above,
With all the joy of Christmas, And His unceasing Love.

"The smallest good deed is better than the greatest good intention."

                                Joyous Christmas to all,   Sovilla

Letters from Home

December 09, 2013

Greetings,  

     Hope this finds you all having a great day.  

 

     Over the past month a lot of exciting things have been happening. The one event as you all know was Thanksgiving. We were able to have some fun times with family and friends and I trust you all were able to have a great time celebrating with family and loved ones as well during this time.

 

     The other exciting thing that happened was our first Mission week at The Ashery. Along with your help in buying ginger snaps and our employees sponsoring each package sold we were able to raise funds to help a local Amish family that has a lot of hospital bills. Thank you to all of you that participated in this event and to those of you who donated towards this cause! Be watching for dates as we plan for another Mission Week in the future.

 

     This time of the year has always been of particular interest to me with the beginning of a new year just around the corner and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. I can't think of a better way to enter a new year then with the confidence of being a part of the Kingdom of God! For me it's exciting to know that because of God making a way for me to have eternal life, I have a reason to live! Wow, I love it!

    

      On the thought of being a part of the Family of God and how that gets lived out in this world, I often times have found myself trying to get the approval and affirmation of man instead of God. I then find myself with loneliness, discouragement, and doubt about who I am as a person. As I was pondering this a family member shared a quote with me that I would like to leave with you.

 

 

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

 

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

 

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

 

If you find happiness. People may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

 

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

 

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

 

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

                                                   Mother Teresa

 

That's where it's at, between us and God.  

 

     This Christmas season, I invite you to join me in experiencing a relationship with our Creator as we celebrate Jesus coming to give us the choice of eternal life.  

 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

 

                               A Merry Christmas to you and your family,    Curt