It’s that time of the year where we gather with friends and family to celebrate Christmas and to tie a bow on the year that was.
2020 has been an interesting year, as the Chinese would say, and few will be sad to see it end. But even though this was a challenging year, 2020 was not without its highlights:
Many of us spent far more time with our families than we might otherwise have done.
We met our neighbors and discovered corners of our communities we had no idea existed.
We learned how to pivot and attend meetings in our PJs, and we heard a great song.
We learned to be resilient and we also learned that it’s okay not to be okay every single day.
A small gift
Since this Christmas feels different, I’ve been casting about for a special way to mark the occasion.
In the past few days I have written something for my kids to read at the dinner table. It’s the story of Christmas told three ways. It’s rough and I don’t have a better name for it than “The Three Nights of Christmas.” [Link visible to email subscribers only.]
If you have children or grandchildren, you may want to pick one, two, or all three of these readings and read them as a family in the lead-up to the big day. It should be a lot of fun and laughs.
And a big thank you
I want to thank all of you who got my new book The Silent Queen last week. Thanks to you, the book hit the number one new release in a bunch of categories. My heartfelt prayer is that this book will enrich your marriage, strengthen your family, and help your church shine.
You don’t make a lot of money writing books. Not when you give many of them away. That I can write full time while giving away thousands of books each year testifies to the ongoing generosity of those who support me via Donorbox and Patreon. In particular, I would like to thank the following patrons who have shared the journey this year:
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I would also like to acknowledge those who give anonymously. You know who you are. For your generosity, I am truly and profoundly grateful. Your support is changing lives.
May your family enjoy the peace and favor of God as we celebrate the birth of our King and Savior.