Merry Christmas! I trust that you have had plenty of time to recover from the feasts of Thanksgiving and are now ready for the tasty morsels that present themselves during the Christmas season. A lifelong favorite of mine (Patrick) are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, PACKED inside my stocking. I like to unwrap several at a time and then enjoy them altogether. It seems like Christmas is one of the special times throughout the year that it’s okay to eat the things you enjoy. And this year I am asking Santa for a fat bank account and a skinny body with the hopes that he doesn’t get them mixed up like he did last year!
Phinneas is also totally aware this year that he has “presence” under the tree. He also knows that an overweight guy whose lap he really didn’t want to sit on comes by Christmas eve leaving gifts for him and his sister. Rumor has it ole Saint Nick (Daddy) might even make a phone call from the North Pole (Aberdeen) to say hello to Phinn. Anna on the other hand is mainly interested in the wrapping paper, ribbons and tape. I’m sure the “box” that her toys come in will be plenty for her this year. It really is such a joy to get gifts for others, especially for your children. Although going into Toys R Us is super overwhelming and a bit freaky!
We have a really busy Christmas week planned with both Jennifer’s family and mine. As always it includes tons of food, family and really fun times. Jen has been making lots of great meals with some brand new recipes, creating wonderful dishes from scratch. She truly is the hero in the Walton family, holding down the fort while I am in and out running here and there, sometimes together as a family but often by myself. Drinking coffee, talking with family and friends and occasionally enjoying a nap is what I love about the holiday season.
Christmas is a wonderful time where the Incarnation (God taking on flesh) of Jesus catches me by surprise, as I once again get a little glimpse into how low God bowed for the sake of truth and for love. It’s one thing for a man to become God, but it’s something totally different for God to become Man. It’s said that during the incarnation Jesus never ceased to be God, and in His resurrection and ascension He never ceased to be Man. It’s this One, born so low, who’s been exalted so high that calls us near to worship and partner with Him throughout the nations.
It’s so easy to walk past the manger, as we have seen it so many times throughout our lives and take for granted the fact that the God whom the heavens couldn’t contain, would make Himself dependent upon His creation. A helpless Babe, subjecting Himself to that which He formed and living life like we do for the sake of love is beyond our comprehension. It’s much like the doctrine of the Trinity; it’s intended purpose is to evoke worship, not fiery debate’s and shallow explanations. This is a glory meant for us to behold, bow low before, treasure and share throughout the nations. Thank God for Jesus!
The past six weeks since we have been back from IHOPKC has been incredibly busy, challenging and super rewarding. Through our partnership team we have been able to accomplish these things;
- Preached 16 times (in 7 different Churches)
- Prayed over scores of people (One night for over 3 hours after the preaching)
- Encouraged Pastors, Leaders and Professionals
- Met personally with dozens of individuals to share about God’s activity in the nations
- Taught the staff at IHOPNW for three two hour sessions about Partnership Development (Sharing many of your stories and the work we are doing together)
- Served the poor and underprivileged in Downtown Olympia, WA.
- Drove over 2,500 miles (Not including the trip from KCMO)
This has been a wonderful month filled with a mixture of family and ministry. Being together with the ones I love the most while also sharing Christ with others is the fulfillment of what God has called Jennifer and I to do. Here’s to a brand new year that’s just day’s ahead of us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Walton’s.