As Christmas quickly approaches many are thinking about Santa’s arrival, family gatherings, food, and football. I am so grateful that even though we can enjoy all of these activities that surround Christmas, you and I know that there is sooo much more to Christmas than these periphery activities. In just a few days we will mark the day of our Savior’s arrival. In a world where billions of gifts will be exchanged you and I know that the greatest gift ever given was the one given by God so long ago as His Son came on Christmas morn. I pray that you and I will experience hearts overflowing with gratitude for The Gift of Christmas, Jesus our Savior.

I also am praying that we will remember in prayer those whose Christmas plans are being altered by heartache and trials. We received news yesterday that our dear brother, Delmar Garrett, went home to be with the Lord. Delmar has battled cancer like a soldier, clinging to his faith in the Lord, and fighting with all of his might. Now his battle is over and his rest has come. From talking to the family it looks like we are planning his funeral for next Thursday or Friday. I will let you know when the final decision is made. In the mean time please keep the Garrett family in your prayers.

Also pray for the Hodges family as Sherri remains in Mercy Hospital awaiting news of when her surgery to remove a brain tumor will take place. I was so blessed on Tuesday night to see so many of Sherri’s family and friends gathered in the waiting room supporting her family. What a blessing!

Last of all, pray for Marcia Mitchell and Kyle Clopton who’ve had surgery this week and are recuperating at home.

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