I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas season. It was an especially precious and poignant holiday for my family due to my Dad’s steady improvement after a recent health crisis. Dad was released from a 12-day hospitalization in time to enjoy celebrating the Christmas season at home with my Mom. How special it was when 34 of us gathered in my parents’ house for our traditional Christmas Day dinner and gift exchange. It was quite a celebration with very few leftovers and lots of gifts!
My Dad’s recent health issues have reminded me of how every day of life is a gift. The blessings of this gift are multiplied many times over when lived in relationship with Jesus Christ. This is because life in Christ adds quality, depth and richness to each day. It gives us hope in the face of dire circumstances, new starts on a regular basis and confidence in our eternal future.
Sometimes we take life for granted. Then something happens that jolts us into remembering that life is a gift from God. I am not making any New Year’s resolutions this year, but I am focusing on being more aware that each day of life is a gift from God.
Happy New Year. As always it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett