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We begin a new year. Each new year typically comes with the hope of better days. For our country, the past couple of years have been trying, regardless of your political leanings, your faith, or your economic situation. I pray that 2010 brings joy, peace and hope into your life.
2009 was a busy year in our home and it ended when Dad lost his battle with cancer on December 16th. However, in the midst of the storm we were able to experience God's abundant grace and endless mercy. Our Lord surrounded us with friends and clergy to minister to our needs, both physically and spiritually. There were those who prepared us several meals as we kept our vigil at Dad's side the last few days in hospice. There were those who prayed with us and for us. There were those who visited and offered comforting words. God provided us with perhaps the best hospice facility in the central United Sates to care for him. It allowed us to focus on loving him and ushering him into his eternal rest. At the end of it all, we experienced God's Amazing Grace and Dad's chains are gone. They are gone because Dad experienced God's Amazing Grace as a young man. He invited Christ into his life and was saved. There is no other way. Enjoy.