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Moving from Unexpected to Anticipation to Gratitude

Our family is celebrating a God-sized miracle! Last spring we received a very unexpected phone call from our son. He and his wife had been on a journey of infertility for many years, even being told that they would never have children.

Each time they heard this medical diagnosis, they returned home and cried and prayed and continued to hope and trust. On an early morning last spring, we heard the news that they were expecting!

The unexpected turned to expecting and finally to eager anticipation as the due date drew near. On November 3, God proved that His plan was bigger than man's diagnosis as sweet baby Faith was born. Our hearts have been full of humble gratitude as we revel in this miracle of life.


During this time of year, our minds often turn to a very special birth that took place over 2,000 years ago - the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. First Mary and then Joseph also went through a journey of hearing unexpected news that then became expectant anticipation as God performed His miracle and set His plan in motion. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22.

As your family celebrates this Christmas, I pray that each of you are renewed in your wonder at the miracle of Jesus' birth, his life, death and resurrection - the Savior! Following Mary's example, take time to treasure and ponder these things in your heart (Luke 2:19).

We wish each of you a very blessed, expectant and grateful Christmas.

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