Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:10
I will happily go on record as saying this “Christmas without other people” situation is terrible on every level. Yes, we’re doing our best; yes, I understand the science behind social distancing; and, yes, I believe we will move beyond this before another year is past; but anything we can do to connect positively with other people in the meantime is crucial if we are to retain any sense of sanity moving in to 2021.
So I was extremely happy to meet with a handful of guys at Panera Saturday morning to enjoy great conversation for an hour. And then Rebekah and I were blessed to be in the company of our friends Keith and Resi Saturday evening (outside and around their fire-pit).
I can’t imagine who could possibly justify taking anyone for granted once this pandemic is over? Especially the fellowship of a faith community like WFPC? For me, this whole 2020 experience is one more powerful reminder of how critically important it is that we value and nurture relationships.
Whatever 2021 turns out to look like, Rebekah and I remain grateful for the sacred beauty of our connection with so many good people. Relationships are why we were created in the first place, and we absolutely must do everything in our power to honor the intention of our Creator.
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.