Merry Christmas From Atlantic County!

tumblr_inline_my9s0oyChC1ri1qcvThere is a worship song that I love and although it isn’t one that finds its way in our Christmas playlist – it should! The song is called One Thing Remains and the lyrics are very powerful:

Your love never fails, it never gives up and never runs out on me Your Love, On and on it comes, Yes it overwhelms and it satisfies my soul, And I never ever have to be afraid Because this one thing remains… Your love never fails, it never gives up And never runs out on me.

Isn’t this the essence of what Christmas is all about? Christmas marks the event when God’s love came down and revealed itself in the form of a baby. This was no ordinary child and it sure wasn’t an ordinary birth. This was God keeping His word by giving us the WORD. Listen to what the apostle John says in John 1:14, as translated in The Message…

“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”

When Christ came to us, He came not only demonstrating the Love of the Father, but to also declare His love for you and for me. His love is a love that never fails…it is a love that never gives up or runs out. Christmas is a time that helps each of us slow down, to reflect, to remember and it is a time we gather with those we love.

We don’t just take the time, we MAKE the time to be with the ones we love. We go to great lengths to express that love in various ways. We want each of those family and friends to know the difference they make in our lives. This is why we love Christmas. It affords each of us to value the things that matter.

Your love and support has been a clear reflection of God’s love. It has been a love that has been with us every step of this journey. It has helped us not give up, but to press on. It’s helped us when it’s been tough, scary and lonely. It has encouraged us to know that we aren’t alone and that God is with us.

Your prayers, your encouragement, your gifts, and even presence here have been a HUGE BLESSING to US! We hope you know that:

❄ We love you and thank GOD for you! ❅ You are our family and you are a part of every aspect of what God is doing here. ❆ We couldn’t accomplish what we have seen so far without your support. ❄ We won’t be able to see it through without you’re continued prayer and support. ❅ Miles may separate but it is God’s love that UNITES. ❆ May you and your family have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!