Palm tree Christmas

our Christmas tree

For a while I had a hard time thinking about spending Christmas without family.  Before we got to Florida, we had no clue where we would be for the big day.  Thoughts of being parked in a Walmart parking lot were not terribly enticing but I was trying to keep a good attitude.  I would make myself imagine what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph, in a cave, celebrating Jesus’ birth with stinky animals.  Thinking about Jesus ALWAYS put it into perspective.

I was ecstatic when we found a church to be connected with over the holiday and even more so when one of the pastors (actually 3 of them, we had to turn 2 of them down) invited us to have Christmas dinner with them and their family.  For most, Christmas day is a precious family time, full of traditions- making it hard to invite strangers into the mix.  Hard to imagine having to go through getting-to-know-you conversations, etc.

Praise the Lord for people who are willing to entertain strangers, even on days that are full of tradition and comfortable routine.  We were more than blessed to join Mike and Lara Kelly along with their family for Christmas dinner.  The kids had a GREAT time playing with their kids and the adults all had a beautiful and easy time talking and getting to know one another.

God continues to provide in more ways than one.  Not just financially, but relationally, emotionally and spiritually.  On His day of celebration, He provided us with fellowship, entertainment, and a warm place to rest our souls.

“Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”  Hebrews 13:1-2

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2 Responses

  1. Hey Guys,

    We were coming home from our family Christmas in Georgia when we passed your RV on interstate 85…I had a laptop and a cellular card so I had to look you all up and see what you were about….Cool story. I have a brother in law and his family that operate off basically the same premise as your ministry, but to a transient crowd who attend rainbow gatherings or who follow bands around like widespread panic. It is a relational ministry…my best friend from childhood has a college ministry in Auburn, AL who is about to move to Hong Kong to begin building relationships with HK students….All that to say, your ministry has true meaning to me! I think it is awesome what you are doing!

    Will you guys be in Montgomery or Birmingham (Alabama)? If you are in Birmingham I could recommend a church…Shades Valley Community Church!

    Take care,

    Robert Moore
    Montgomery, AL

  2. It was a great honor and blessing to have you in our home. Look forward to seeing what God is going to do on the rest of your journey. May His peace be with you.

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