So many things were life-changing events this past year and very heart-wrenching sad ones too. We lost my niece Candace from a brain aneurism this past spring, and then my sister-in-law Ann lost her long, hard-fought battle with cancer on October 7th. The same day - my grandson Benjamin was taken to the hospital with pain in his side and abdomen, and later that evening had an emergency appendectomy. A month later Steve's niece, Kristin lost her long battle and she too passed away. A few weeks after that my sister-in-law Stephanie, who recently had 7 strokes, but it was the heart attack that took her life. At the same time it seemed that nearly everyone we knew had lost someone and were in the process of preparing funerals for their loved ones. There were countless, including a long-prayed for pastor at a church we used to attend, who lost his battle with a rare cancer. Oh how I hate cancer! His funeral was the same day as my sister-in-law Stephanie's! My heart...oh my heart! God is close to the broken hearted! I believe and trust that. It made me realize more than ever how very short life is, and how much we need to make the most of every opportunity. More than ever this year my mind has been focused and reflected on Heaven, our home to those of us in Christ Jesus. And how long eternity will be without Him - forever separated to those who reject Him! Are we ready?! I see so many people today without Him, and the evils of our day becoming more evil by the day, immorality on the rise as I have never seen in my lifetime.....Woe to those who call evil good and good evil....and we are witnesses to just that! Evil and immorality becoming law of the land, but goodness and morality being scrutinized and attacked as if for evil. But God said that there would be lawlessness in the last days. 2 Timothy 3:2 Men will be lovers of pleasure, rude, arrogant, disobedient, ...etc. I pray that God will open eyes and hearts and draw all men to Himself... so they will come to know Jesus as Savior before it's too late!
Ann Graham Lotz, (Billy Graham's daughter) said it well.
Is there some brokenness in your life? Maybe it’s your heart that’s been broken. And because it’s been broken you are devastated and you think, “This year, I can’t have a meaningful Christmas.” But you can, because the meaning of Christmas is not necessarily in our relationships, in our family,