How the time has flown by this year. At the beginning of this year I was going on a cruise, working a job that I enjoyed, then burying my father, Celebrating Easter, and all birthdays and holidays without both of my parents. This Christmas Season, I find myself more depressed, and saddened knowing that mom’s death anniversary just passed, Christmas is in a couple of days, and then their wedding anniversary is on the 30th. As I find myself being selfish wanting my parents here and to be around loved ones who truly love me, I begin to realize that I am not the only one out in this crazy world that want their loved ones with them at the holidays. Just earlier this week I found out a friend and her parents lost her grandfather. I’ll be making an appearance Thursday night for the viewing and possible the funeral on Friday. Love this family, they’ve been a bit of a fresh breath over the last couple of years. I went to school with the friend, and then became friends with her parents with my husband. Because her Stepfather worked with my husband. I know that they are grieving and that they are wishing that he would be here. Just as I found out that another friend who I worked with lost her husband the day before Thanksgiving. She’s hurting and it just isn’t the same for her family either. Then today, I find out that a high school classmate passed away yesterday. He had started making changes in his life and he had come to know Jesus Christ. He had really come a long way and he is leaving behind his wife, and children and the many friends and family that loved him and knew him and respected him. I sometimes will make the statements that I don’t know how much more I can take. While I know that this is just me still hurting and grieving myself. Just as my friends and family have been there for me I will be there for my friends and their families.

This time of the year can be trying, and tough. As long as you have Jesus Christ in your life and your heart, and you have that personal relationship with him, you will never be alone, as I have felt at times just since my father’s passing. We can left each other up this Christmas Season. While death’s door is always around us someone is always loosing someone that they love and care about during this time of the year. So, I am inviting you and your family to find a church this coming weekend. Spend time together with your family and friends worshipping our Lord and Savior. If you do not have a home church or you are visiting family and they do not have a home church, then I invite you to Maple Heights Baptist Church – 144 W. Funderburg Road, Fairborn, Ohio 45324 on Sunday, December 24, 2017 for our Christmas Eve Day Service at 11:00 a.m. We will not have a Sunday night service as we would normally. We will be spending those times with our own families and friends. At Christmas while we celebrate Jesus’ birth, Easter we celebrate his death and resurrection. So, that’s what I plan to do for my loved ones and the loved ones of my friends who have lost their loved ones – Celebrate the Life of their loved ones. Be there, and show support of them. Let them know that they do not have to be alone during this time.

I probably will not write again until the first of the year, however, I want to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. God Bless!