Merry Christmas 2015
I was reflecting on how life had changed since the death of my spouse
A lifetime of blessings and memories shared
Still praising Jesus that we had been paired.
The children were once nestled snug in their beds,
But they quickly grew up when I turned my head;
Savor the moments for life goes by fast,
Now I face new choices and an emptying nest.
Emily got married and lives really close by
Connor, her husband, is a really good guy
Shepherds junior high kids and is a pastor
I wonder at times how their parents they take after.
Serving coffee and serving Jesus
Emily and Connor live together a life that pleases.
Art and music are part of their life
Learning to live as husband and wife!
With food and games the house was once stocked
For Clayton and his friends often flocked
I looked recently and the snack cupboard was bare
Because now all were grown and no one comes there
Clayton goes to Biola and soccer he plays
To Japan on a mission the guys spent summer days
With the plane full of teammates and the coaches they flew
To playoffs in Oregon and Florida too.
A mission in India the next year begins
Clayton will be with 6 others; will you pray for him?
He springs to work at things that matter
And roots for the Cubs, “Hey! Batter, Batter”
I’m still working at church, and purging bookshelves,
And I laugh and I play, in spite of myself;
Not sure where I’m headed or what God will do,
But leaning in hard I trust in Him true
So hear me exclaim, as this year goes away
I think of you often and I continue to pray
That God will bless you and always come near
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all New Year’s cheer.”