We had a lovely Christmas day today. I didn't take too many pictures today (we were too busy eating! :) but I did take my camera to church this morning.
The Lord has blessed us so much this year! We certainly grieve the "loss" of dear friendships in Salem (not that they are really lost, it's just that we know they will never be the same now that we have moved away...and occasionally the tears still come at this loss)...but we have not been "homesick" here...at all...The Lord has blessed us with a love for Uganda, for it's culture, for life here, for the work here and for our new friends here. When Tess joined us almost 6 months ago, I wondered if when it came time for her to leave, if we would be wanting to jump on the plane with her. But we praise the Lord, that nothing could be further from true. It really truly is God's grace.
So what better way to end this year's December Photo Project, then with pictures of a few of our friends here. God has filled our hearts with such lovely brothers and sisters in Christ. We thank him for this earthly gift.
Most of all, we thank God for the gift of Jesus, his Son. Moving across continents has caused our hearts to yearn ever more deeply for our heavenly home. When I see how sinful and helpless my heart is, I still have such a great hope because I know Christ was born to die. But he did not remain dead, but rather he was raised to life and has promised to "go prepare a place for us." This is such glorious grace that we are especially reminded of this Christmas season!
Merry Christmas! Thank you for all your continued prayers, support and encouragement! It is a huge blessing to us! :)