Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and thank you to God for sending Jesus to save me, and the world, from the sin that separates us from him. Kelli and I were in the dollar store yesterday trying to find some decorations for Jagen's crib and Rylan's isolet at the hospital. We really wanted to find something that showed the true meaning of Christmas... Jesus! We searched and searched and finally we found a cheap (of course it is the dollar store), ugly, porcelain looking nativity scene... and that was it. There were rows and rows of stockings, cards, holly, reindeer, Santa, snowmen, candy canes and everything else that man has added to Christmas that takes away glory from our Savior. But there was only one, tiny representation of Jesus.
So as you pray for The Pathway this Christmas, please pray that God would use the story of his Son's birthday to point our people to the real, authentic and purpose-filled meaning of Christmas. It's okay to put up lights, give gifts and drink cider... but everything we do needs to reflect and point people to our Savior Jesus Christ on his birthday. That is our prayer for the people God is using us to reach and it is also our prayer for you and the people God is calling you to reach.