Hey family and friends, Tis the season to be jolly! I hope you all are enjoying your time off of work and with family, and if you are working, I hope that you are enjoying celebrating the Birth of our Savior in this season. Here are this week’s Monday Moments!
Celebration of the life of Aunt Judy:
As many of you read last week, that my family experienced a very hard loss of my Aunt Judy. I must say that this has been one of the hardest times in my family’s life, but I am so encouraged by seeing our unity and resilience in this time of bereavement. Although it wasn’t the greatest of times, it was extremely fun time of seeing my many family members that came to support one another, and to celebrate Judy’s life. Mostly all of my cousins were able to be there, and it was very fun hanging out and catching up with them. Overall I must say that I am very grateful to be a part of this family at large.
As we reflected on her life and the impact she has had on many people we can all say truly she lived a life worth celebrating. She didn’t simply attempt to live like Christ, she really did model the love of Christ. Special prayer for my cousin Lachelle & Uncle Lionel as they continue to make the adjustment to life now.
One of the most fun times this past weekend was seeing Chloe (1.5yrs old) and her 1st cousin Makaylin (3yrs old) playing together. This was like a healing agent for my parents seeing these two together. They absolutely love one another and enjoyed sharing toys and imaginations. This provided an opportunity for my brother & I to see each other and hang out as well. While he and I had big plans to go to the Redskins & Eagles game just to get some quality brotherly time together, we both knew it was time for us to see each other.
What to Expect when you’re expecting:
I preach my last sermon of 2014, and we looked at the story of Mary receiving the news that she will carry the Son of God in her womb. As Mary receives this word about the birth of Jesus we must capture the tension that she has to deal with as a pregnant virgin. I am convinced that there is an unspoken tension of both pain and promise when expecting God to do a miraculous work in your life. As we end this year I am believing that the Lord is doing a major work in many of our lives. As the Holy Spirit “overshadowed” Mary and impregnated her with destiny, I believe that the Lord wants to do that in many of our lives as well! I want to encourage you finish this year strong, full of faith believing that God has a vision for you beyond your understanding, and the best way to see that vision come to pass is by simply submitting to the word of God! What made Mary special was her faith, acceptance, and obedience to the will of God.
So what are you expecting God to do in your life this upcoming year? What is the Lord birthing through you? Don’t give up on that dream allow the Holy Spirit to work through you!
Special shout out to the many members at DUCC that prayed for me and my family over this past week, and the special Christmas gift(s) that you all blessed us with.
Just wanted to let you all know that our building project at DUCC is going really well. We started reconstruction this past week, and things are moving at a fast pace. We are still raising money, for the project and I am excited to say that we have already raised close to $10K in two weeks. Our goal is $20,000 and we hope to have the project completed by February. To give please visit our website: http://www.ducchurch.org/building-campaign.html
So let us continue to celebrate all of what the Lord has done, is doing, and going to do.
In the Master’s will,