No “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year” from me.

Not because I’m a Scrooge. Sure, I’d love for you all to be “happy,” but I realize that many of you are struggling with health or family matters or finances. I have over 20 friends who have lost loved ones this year, and going through this Christmas with that emptiness is going to be difficult, not “merry.”


So instead, I wish you all JOY, as you find quiet moments to reflect on the wonder of the Savior. His presence alone will fill your hearts with unspeakable joy.

I wish you PEACE in the midst of the hustle and bustle. May you come to realize that life can be richer with fewer activities and more Prince of Peace.

And I wish you LOVE, from the Everlasting Father. Just as He could never stop loving His only begotten Son, so is His unfailing unconditional love for us.

Blessings to you in 2016!

In Christ our Lord,