This Crazy Year Is Just About Over

I went to the airport at 4:30 this morning to pick-up my son, arriving from Hawaii for Christmas. His plane was late. There are now no places to sit in the airport, I’m thinking because of Covid safety precautions. We stood for over two hours, watching with anticipation as all from the flight arrived in the terminal. But, my boy was not in the crowd. So we called his phone number repeatedly. Finally he answered, and made the point to tell me it was 3:00 a.m. where he now lives. Why was he not on the plane was my question? Because, he sleepily answered, he is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. Sure enough, the date was clear for reading, right there on the itinerary sheet. There is really no one to blame but myself. So, we will get up early tomorrow morning and do this once again!

And I received a note in the mail today from the local police department. It was a nice photo of the rear of my car, and attached was a ticket for going 43 mph in a 30 mph zone. I recognized the location. It is a big bend in a major thoroughfare, traveled by tens of thousands of cars every day, very few going 30 mph! Minimum speed limits seem arbitrary, often do not fit the location, and sometimes will impede traffic and even prove dangerous. But, I think I am making excuses? The law is intended to be obeyed, for the greater good. Again, there is really no one to blame but myself.

Thank you to the Sunday School classes for the nice Christmas gift. You caught me by surprise this time! And, we read and treasure every Christmas card. For those who have given cookies, I am in the process of eating everyone. Perhaps I will use the Christmas gift to purchase an exercise bike for the new year? You are a fine church. We have navigated this crazy year and managed together to close out the year on a high note of praise and worship. To God be the glory for 2021.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” - I John 4:10 Big sins, small sins, they all go into the same basket. That basket has a label, “I’m-A-Sinner-In-Need-Of-A-Savior”. Jesus came to this earth, at Christmas time, to be the remedy for our sin problem. Since I have accepted Him as my Savior, Christmas has amazing and personal meaning for me. What a great God who would love me so very much!

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