You’ve heard it said, “The older you get, the faster time flies.” I’m here to tell you that it is a true statement! Here we are in Crete for our 5th (yikes!) Christmas . Where has the time gone? Our 1st year here we were still in a somewhat “shock” state. The 2nd year was more of a vacation-honeymoon. By the third year, the novelty had worn off and the harsh reality of living in a vastly different country/culture loomed over us. But we made it through, had some wonderful and wacky adventures and are here to tell you that we both agree, our fourth year was a pivotal one and by far , the most enjoyable. What was the difference? Acceptance, tolerance,… avoidance? Maybe a little of all of the above but mostly, it was the discovery of two very important things along this journey. #1. It’s not what you do or where you go, it’s WHO you’re with that matters. #2. The greatest, most satisfying and exciting journey of all is the one you take with God in the driver’s seat. He has proven His faithfulness to us over and over again through the beauty of His creation and through the love of people around us.
So, this Christmas, it’s our wish that you get a glimpse of the Christmas miracle and know that God is crazy about you. So much so, in fact, that He gave His love a face and a name – Jesus. Almighty God wrapped up in a tiny baby. Defies all logic. I guess that’s why it’s called a miracle.
mir-a-cle /’mirikel/ noun: a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.
May we all experience the consequences of His extravagant love this year.
Melanie and Richard