the greatest gift

This year’s Christmas was a bit different from Christmases in the past.

At our previous church, the Christmas church service would always be on Christmas eve and then we’d stay at church until midnight and wish each other ‘Merry Christmas’ before going home.  Christmas Day would usually be spent with family on mum’s side, feasting and exchanging gifts.

This year, the exect decision was to go on a ‘retreat’ of sorts with members of our church family.  It probably wasn’t as practical as it was first thought out (not everyone was staying full-time) but God used it for His glory anyway (Isn’t it good that we serve a God who can make something good out of our own bungles?).  It was much more low-key; no decorations at the campsite at all but plenty of time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

Though I received fewer gifts this year, I felt very blessed to have been given the greatest gift of all – the reason for the season – Jesus.

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

– Philippians 3:8-9 (NIV)

– Ames –

Christmas Day

Christmas Day is almost over on this side of the world.

There were carols sung in the house of the Lord, souls brought to the heart of God, much overeating, much laugher and much love.  We had three new little ones join us for their first Christmas – how much can change in the space of a year.  There’s nothing quite like gathering around with our extended family on Christmas Day.  Distance and busy schedules keeps us from regular contact but when we’re all together, there’s just such comfort and it feels like no time has passed since we last met.  Thank you Jesus for such an amazing family.

Boy, I can’t wait for you to join us one day.

♥ Ames

Merry Christmas

Before this goes public on my main blog, I thought I’d post the link here to a special video message from this side of the blogosphere :).

Be safe wherever you are in the world and may you have the opportunity to experience the true joy, peace and hope that is celebrated at Christmas time :).

God bless,

Ames