This will be short. It’s Christmas Eve, Eve as I write. Most of the family will be here to celebrate Christmas. The circle drive was full of cars… One even got stuck in the yard for time… The little farmhouse will be full for a couple days. Today at Bethel Church we celebrated the birth of Jesus in a beautiful service full of Christmas music and church full of loving people. Tomorrow we will have a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. It’s a highlight of the year.
Merry Christmas to each of you from Bittersweet Farm.
Paulene Afman’s Funeral
Saturday I left at 5:30 in the morning to return to First Baptist in Fremont where I pastored 18 years ago. It was the last place where we all lived under one roof together. I preached the funeral of Paulene Afman, who was the wife a former associate pastor. It was a beautiful service. Jesus was her Savior, King, and Treasure. She was a woman of prayer.
I once visited her in the hospital and I asked her the secret of raising a family for God. I admired her family very much. She said; “It’s the grace of God.”
Twice I pressed her for specifics… She refused to add to what she had said. “If you see anything good in my family, it is the grace of God.”
We traveled to Oregon to capture pictures of our oldest daughter and her family especially their new daughter Bella Allene.