Hey Family and Friends!<3
I hope you all have had a very Merry Christmas and continue to! Especially in Arizona with your warm and sunny weather! It has been an arctic wasteland here lately! But I am cool with it.....*bu dum cha*....it looks like we will be having a white Christmas!:D
So I decided to do a little something different today. I feel inspired to share a journal entry that really helped me understand the true meaning of Christmas this year. I hope you can feel the spirit as I share it and that it motivates you to share Christ's light with others.
December 10, 2016
I happily ate, shared, and enjoyed my donuts. Meanwhile, a truck with a trailer happened to spray us with dirty slush (and A LOT of it). He didn't mean to, but it made me a little grumpy, and of course I happened to be the one standing closest to the road. But on we walk.......we ask one lady if we can help her shovel her snow and she politely declines because she's almost done. But we see a little ways on an old man who looked weary and was struggling to even pick up his shovel. From how little he had done, it looked like it would take him all morning to finish. We dodge traffic and run across the street to offer to help him. He gratefully and politely accepted and me and Sister Vera shoveled away. Well, as we were shoveling I could feel my Grandpa Rogers with me and that he was proud of me. I said a silent prayer in my head for my hands and wrists to not ache for the rest of the day due to my arthritis and shoveled on.
Well, the man happened to be 72 years old and his name was James (or Jim-he said for short). Just like grandpa. I felt so grateful in that moment for that experience and the joy I felt for serving that man. He told us that was only their 2nd winter living in that house and thanked us with a dozen, free eggs from their chickens. We told them we don't need/take pay or money, but they insisted on the eggs. Now I know why we didn't go to Holland. I got my "why?" And as I walked home to our apartment happily carrying the eggs, I prayed to thank God that my hands didn't even slightly hurt.
Remember the church is true and I love you!