Eastern Gate and Around The Mountain

Welcome to the year 2012. I was watching the news the other night and they were showing the year in review. I know the news has a habit of showing the bad, but I was amazed at all we went through this past year. It started with a blizzard, a flood, then a tornado, the list just continued on. What they didn’t tell you was all the ways God has blessed us. One by one we could name the blessings He has bestowed on us. He has allowed us to survive all the trials of life. I for one am ready to begin a new year and thank Him and praise Him for my family and my health.

We had a New Year Eve’s Night Watch at church Saturday night. We started out with singing, and a few testimonies then we ate and visited. We had lots and lots of good food. We gathered back in with the youth doing a skit about the walls of Jericho. I think the little ones enjoyed marching around those walls. One of the little ones just kept marching. We then had questions and answers. We always enjoy trying to learn more. Kyle Hampton was our question asker. We tried to sing some more, but everyone was just too full to do much singing. We went back to another skit this time by a group of adults. I got myself in trouble with this one. Not on purpose you understand, but I just was not watching what I was doing. We did a skit about Daniel and the lion’s den. I had my group of adults ready to go, and then they told me that we needed one more person. They nominated me. Little did I realize the part was going to get me in trouble? I was the officer who had to tell the king that he was all wise and powerful. Guess who was the king? Yeah, you guessed it, Roger. I may never live this one down.

Sunday, Donald preached his sermon and it started with a question, what would you do to get your family in church with you? When you stop to think about it, it’s a very good question. We all want our family in church with us, but do we really do anything about it. HMMM……something to think about.

I went to see my mom at the Nursing Home Monday while I was off for the holidays and found out that my sister-in-law is in the hospital. Bob was sure missing her, and worried about her. She was having low blood pressure and some pneumonia. I ask you to keep her in your prayers. My sister-in-law, Francis Hampton, has also been sick, so I ask you to remember her. I know our prayer list at church always has a long list of people on it and Larry always wants us to remember his brothers. Now one more thing for this New Year; let’s add our country to our prayer list. I know it’s election year. I believe that we need leaders that have a strong belief in God to lead our country and together we can make that happen.

For now I will sign off with warm wishes for a year filled with God’s love and blessings.