“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1
Early on Monday morning January 19, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Maria and I received a phone call from Venezuela from family that her mother Carmen had passed away in the early morning. She had spent the weekend in a hospital in Caracas fighting an infection and dealing with complications from many years of Diabetes and high blood pressure.
Maria and I want to say thank you to our friends and family at ELC for your prayers, cards and kind words. Maria’s mother Carmen was a very special person that held a deep Christian faith and commitment to prayer and service to the church and family during her lifetime. She was a wonderful mother and role model and she will be deeply missed. We are comforted by the words and promises of Jesus and that great cloud of witnesses in the past, present and future.
God’s timing is always perfect. We give thanks to God for the two weeks that we spent with family in Venezuela during Christmas and the New Year! We give thanks for the opportunity for time with family and introducing Andrew to his Grandparents and family in Venezuela!
As your Youth and Family Minister at ELC, I want to thank you for the many ways you have been the hands and feet of Jesus. As we enter into this New Year of 2009 take time to enjoy the day and be sure to tell the people in your life how much you love and care for them. In Psalm 118:24 it says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Each day is a gift from the Lord!
Peace, Joy, Hope and Love in Christ,