As I write tonight it has been a good week. We started out with some snow last Sunday and then two blustery cold days. Since then the weather has moderated a bit. This morning we woke up to snow on the hilltops. It was beautiful. As I wrote in my Running Update, I am trying to run at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas. On my normal rest days, I plan on running just a mile – a half-mile up the road and back. Over the last few days – while at my mom and dads, I ran more hill work than I am used to, but that was good because it made me stronger. But enough about running…the weather is supposed to be nice for the next couple of days – a little extended fall up here in the Northern Tier.
On Tuesday night of last week, Pam and I co-preached a message called “Peace and Thanksgiving.” The YouTube link is [here.] The message went well and we had many of our core McCrae Brook people at the Otto-Eldred Community Thanksgiving Service. This is part of the Otto-Eldred Ministerial and Pam and I and McCrae Brook are part of. Before we did that, we had to go pick up James at Houghton. It was good to have James home for Thanksgiving.
On Wednesday morning, we headed down the road to Allentown to spend Thanksgiving with my mom and dad. It was good to be home and we got to do some local shopping and get so some places that we don’t have around here. On Thursday my aunt, uncle, and one of my cousins and her husband came. We had a good time visiting and playing music.
Friday we went shopping but avoided most of the crazy Black Friday shopping – we didn’t go out early. It was a good time – we even got to go Chick-fil-A which was a treat. Yesterday we headed back to Eldred and got ready for worship today.
We had a good service today as today was the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means the arrival of someone important. Today I preached on the importance of preparing our hearts for the arrival [video link]- both the first (Christmas) and the second (Christ’s Second Coming) Advents. As part of the service, we received communion – it was a special time and the Holy Spirit was evident.
This afternoon, we took James back to college and then this evening we Facetimed some good friends of ours in Virginia who are headed to El Salvador this week. We prayed for them and got caught up and started making plans to go visit next spring.
That’s about all I have for this week. Have a great week!