Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude. With this gratitude, let’s serve in a way that is pleasing to God with respect and awe. – Hebrews 12:28
Wow! There has been so much joy and there have been so many interesting stories over the past few days. I’m going to have to have to skip over a lot of great material and simply share some highlights.
The grandchildren have been an absolute delight, but it’s not all about them it’s about God’s grace and goodness and abiding presence with this family. So it makes perfect sense that we finished off our week together in the context of our church Sunday morning – a rich experience of love and light and promise.
Worship at WFPC was – both services – an overwhelming sense of “come ye thankful people, come.” The atmosphere was charged with the gratefulness of Thanksgiving rolled into the joy of coming together as a family.
We had a baptism at Traditional Worship, where the grandfather – a Presbyterian minister from Alexandria – teamed with Rebekah for a memorable celebration of covenant.
Love and Beauty:
We had the most wonderful five days with David and Beks, and feel blessed beyond any reasonable expectation every time we are together. We’re both tired, of course, and now we have a lot of work to catch up on. And the house – in that time of transition where we are beginning to get everything ready for Christmas – is an absolute wreck of a construction zone.
Yet, with the echoes of family fellowship still ringing from Thanksgiving Day, the sound of Christmas music from decorating with the children still in our ears, and the hymns of worship from Sunday morning still fresh on our spirits, our home is beautiful in a way that while it may not yet be a feast for the eyes is most certainly a lavish banquet of blessings too amazing to describe.
Here are a few more photos, from Beks wearing the “Very Merry Very Bright” Christmas shirt that must have been designed especially for her, to Scout disdaining the Christmas hat I tried to get her to wear, to the children’s artwork, to David “helping” me move tables in my little car, to the ubiquitous family selfie.
All love; all joy; all blessing; all grace.
In love, and because of love – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.