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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas 2010 from Joyce Hart



The end of another year already, it is hard to believe that we’re heading toward 2011.
This has been quite an eventful year for me.  I’m thankful for the success of my spinal surgery.  It is wonderful to not to live with severe pain.  I’m glad I was able to keep working through most of the year.  God is good.

Both Terry and Tamela have talked about changes.  It seems that Christmas makes us reflect on past years.  Our families change, we lose loved ones, new babies come along, new in-laws marry into the family, and the circle of life goes on.  We can’t help but think of Christmases when parents were alive, when we were kids, when our kids were kids.

This year we lost our beloved little dog, Abbie a few weeks ago.  What a difference that makes, she was with us constantly and I am still crying when I see a toy or have a memory of cute things she did.  She was a good dog, so surely she must be in heaven waiting for us.

We are blessed to be in a wonderful church family, we’re so looking forward to our candlelight Christmas Eve service this year.  Then we’ll go to our son’s home and celebrate with our family, both sons, their wives and our grandson.  Christmas day we’ll all be at our house for our traditional ham dinner.  I’ll make it a little healthier this year, with veggies and salad.  Of course there are certain items on the menu we can’t give up – green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes & ham gravy, yum! 

2009 was a good year for Hartline Literary Agency.  Our agents have been busy selling books for our clients.  Every year seems to get a little better than the previous one.

I do have a few prayer requests, one of our authors, Thom Hunter and his wife Lisa lost their home a fire last week.  Also, Diana Flegal’s father died on December 10th, Sandi Rog is in the hospital for chemo this week, hopes to be home for Christmas Eve. 

Even with all the changes in our lives we serve a God who does not change.  He is faithful and just. His love is everlasting.  Lamentations 3: 22 & 23  “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”

I pray that you will have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year.

In His service,

Joyce

3 comments:

Lance Albury said...

One of my favorite passages, and songs. Thank you for that reminder.

Ava Pennington said...

So sorry for your loss of Abbie. We said goodbye to our beloved Lacy this morning. Sigh. They are such a part of our families, aren't they?
Joyce, thanks again for your encouragement this past year. Looking forward to seeing you at FCWC in March.
Hope you and your family have a wonder-filled Christmas celebration.

Jeanette Levellie said...

The book of Lamentations amazes me--so full of encouragement and hope in the midst of pain.

I pray God's peace upon your heart as you walk through the grief of losing your fur baby, Joyce. And I'll also pray for Thom and his wife.

Blessings on your week,
Jen