January 6, 2014
Views from church on December 22 with ice reflecting in the trees.
December 7, 2013
Excerpt from Latest Newsletter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
Karen and I are looking forward to a new grandchild in March. Currently, our youngest grandchild is ten, so there about to be lot of changes in the family. Child-proofing is not crucial just yet, but it will be a consideration at some point. There will be the baby’s firsts…first words, and first steps, first foods, a part of the child’s normal development.
Many of you, having had children, probably remember such moments as if it were only yesterday. When your son or daughter took first steps, it was a “big deal” for the family. Dad might pull out the camera; mom would stand the baby up, holding him under the armpits, slowly releasing the weight until the baby bears full weight on its own feet, but still balancing their body.
What then? The baby senses the excitement, as he stands there on his own. But does the baby think about what he is about to do? “I must pick up one foot and put it in front of me, followed by my other foot.” Chances are the child will suddenly think about what he is doing, only to fall. Do mom or dad rush up to scold him. Absolutely not! Mom will pick him, encouraging him to try again. The baby will take one step, then two…and before long will begin to propel himself at will.
The heavenly Father eagerly leads His children into their Christian lives, much like parents looking for the first step. When Christians fall, God does not strike them down. In His love, He tenderly picks them up and leading them much like the mother and father, offering encouragement to the baby.
In His grace,