On December 30, Carol and I ventured over to Stoneham, MA, to visit the Stone Zoo for their presentation of Zoo Lights. It is a spectacular display of Christmas lights and lighted animals. We also saw some of the zoo animals such as a snow leopard and flamingos. A very creative presentation for an enjoyable evening.
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It seems like only yesterday that we stood before God, family, and friends and pledged ourselves to each other with the simple words, “I do!” 40 years has passed quickly. How the miles and the memories have piled up!
Who knew what God had in store for us. Our journey has had unexpected twists and turns, road blocks and rest stops. There has been stretches of white-water rapids and smooth, gliding calm patches. There have been highs and lows and in betweens. On the one hand, life has not turned out as we expected. On the other hand, it has been so much better, richer, and more fulfilling than we ever dreamed possible.
We’ve gone from SoCal to Western MA, with stops in Dallas, TX; Anaheim, CA; Wheaton, IL; Moreno Valley, CA; Bellevue, WA; Redmond, WA; Sammamish, WA; and now Chicopee, MA. We’ve served Christ at churches small, big, and in between in Wheaton, Bellevue, Seattle, and Chicopee. We’ve ministered to children, youth, adults, men, and women. We’ve traveled up and down the West Coast, across the States, visited Madrid, Segovia, Morocco, Amsterdam, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, and New Zealand. We’ve led ministry teams to Toral and Malaga, Spain; Moscow, Tsibanobalka, and Anapa, Russia. We’ve celebrated graduations and weddings, mourned at funerals, seen our children grow to maturity, and encouraged each other through physical therapy. We’ve ridden the roller coaster of “richer and poorer, in sickness and in health.” We’ve experienced, benefited from, enjoyed, and relied upon the grace of God through the ups and downs and twists and turns of life over the years and across the miles. Thanks be to God for all he has done in and through us!
Happy anniversary to my wife, best friend, ministry partner, and lover. 40 years is too short a time to be married to your best friend. May God grant us many more years to serve him together!
- Will Santa have to maintain social distancing?
- Will children be able to sit on Santa’s lap?
- If everyone has to stay six feet apart, how will Santa know what you want for Christmas?
- Does Santa have to abide by the proposed national mask mandate?
- Does Santa’s beard count as a mask?
- Will Santa & the children have to wear masks in their picture?
- If some children are afraid of Santa to begin with, will him wearing a mask compound their anxiety?
- Will Santa have to sanitize his suit, gloves, etc., after every child?
- Does living at the North Pole protect Santa from COVID?
- Are Santa’s elves COVID-free?
- If we have to avoid strangers and not allow people we don’t know to be in our homes, how will Santa deliver presents on Christmas Eve?
So many questions … So few answers.
We received a freak October snow storm, courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Zeta. After a brief pause, fall should return in another day.
Carol and I took a drive through the Berkshires and northern Connecticut to view the fall foliage. A beautiful drive enjoying God’s handiwork, ending with a great lunch at Bear’s Smokehouse.