Our family had an exceptional week! That was largely due to having my daughter Brianna and my grandson Hudson with us for most of the week. On a few occasions, I was able to "baby sit" Hudson in my home office. The best! What I am unable to include are the sounds of the Chipmunk Christmas album that was playing to Hudson's listening pleasure!
My oldest son, Aiden, successfully passed his driving test and now is officially licensed to drive! Please pray for us! :-) You will notice below that he has been working on this monumental accomplishment for nearly 13 years! :-)
I've mentioned before, that this is the first sabbatical I've taken in 25 years of pastoral ministry. So, needless to say, I'm not very experienced at "sabbaticaling." During the first month, (October) I think I over-scheduled and over-planned my life. November seemed to be more of a balanced, sweet-spot. December is the final third of the sabbatical and I'm getting excited to return. I think this is the way it is "supposed" to go!
See you in about 30 days, God-willing.
Yesterday morning, we attended Mission Community Church right in the borough of Downingtown. What they have done to the facility, is really amazing. It is beautiful and accommodating. They had a baby dedication yesterday, which was nice to witness. Pastor Jason Houck brought an inspiring talk about The Wonder of Christmas contrasting earthly hope with eternal hope and how to avoid the chaos of the Christmas season.
Last night I was able to attend the Celebration of Life service for Pastor Bill Park. I appreciate Bill Park so much. He is a godly man and demonstrated for us younger pastors what faithfulness to the finish line looks like! As I heard different friends and family speak last night, I couldn't help but think of a Spurgeon quote:
“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”
I think that summed up Pastor Bill's life!
Next Sunday, Becky and I are planning on getting away for the weekend on a trip to DC. I'm looking forward to our spending Saturday at the Museum of the Bible and attending church at Capitol Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, God-willing.
Praying often for you!
P.S. Here are a few Hudson Pics of some of the men in his life, I just had to include!