This is our Christmas letter that you can delete or save and read at your leisure. We just want you to know we are happy to hear from all of you; and we are trying to make up for failing to send cards or letters last year and other years!!! We are both doing well so here goes with happenings in Anthem.
Rarely do we recommend movies because it’s seldom we are willing to battle the theater crowds with wheezing & sneezing adults, and crying children, and narrators who think it’s their job to talk through the movie. This is yet another sign we are turning into cranky senior citizens 🙂 But today we took in a matinee of “I Heard the Bells,” one of the dearest stories ever that we’d love everyone to see. My all-time favorite Christmas carol is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” so the movie, based on true events, brought it to life for me. If you’d rather watch a movie at home, “Why the Nativity?” is available on YouTube and other venues. You can find it in your computer’s search engine. We learned so much from it and plan to watch it at least one more time.
Since books are dear companions, attempting to read 2-3 per week, I have to recommend “The Post-Modern Pilgrim’s Progress”, an allegorical tale based on the original “Pilgrim’s Progress”. The authors, Joel Berry and Kyle Mann, are editor-in-chief and managing editor of the “Babylon Bee.” It was my choice for book club last month and almost everyone loved it. While I am reading books and participating in several social activities, Jerry continues to keep his computer customers contented. His goal in the coming year is to be more of an encourager to all those around us. I think he already does a good job of showing Christ’s love!
After suggesting movies and a book, our next recommendation would be to get a cat. Unless you are allergic, cats (and most dogs also) bring a lot of love into a home. We won’t mention the destroyed furniture and middle of the night wake up calls while fur balls being upchucked. It’s a small price to pay for unconditional love in a world so lacking in acceptance. On those very rare days when my health challenges keep me from activities, our Jekyl assists Jerry in giving lots of tender, loving care.
That said, it’s really uncharitable to talk about a lack of love in this world when we are feeling so blessed by all the wonderful friends who have brought joy and sunshine into our lives over the 55 years of our marriage. We have slogged through many moves, starting in Key West, Florida, then on to Virginia Beach, and four cities in Texas………and our final destination of Minnesota. Or so we thought Minnesota! We had planned that to be the last stop. However, one of us couldn’t handle the cold and snow. I won’t say which one, but it was the one who had to do the plowing and shoveling of the white stuff!!! So now Anthem, Arizona has been home since 2009, and we love it and the kind and caring friends (and family) we’ve met here. We hope our next move will be Heaven, all in God’s perfect timing. In the meantime, we wish we could spend time with each of you. It’s really difficult to be so far away from family and friends of many years, and it’s getting more difficult for us to travel. We welcome guests and look forward to visits from some of you this winter!
This past year we have spoken with many who are dealing with serious illness, financial difficulties and various other painful situations. Our prayer list is long, but we have room for more. Our prayer for you is never despair no matter what heartaches or hardships come your way. There is a friend who walks closer than a brother. If you don’t know Jesus personally, may this be the season to welcome Him into your heart. The last verse of “I Heard the Bells” sums it up so beautifully: “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep. God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men.”
Sending love, blessings and wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy & healthy 2023!