By Jacob Bembry
Christmas is in the air. Churches are rehearsing for their cantatas. People are shopping for Christmas gifts as store after store have sales on items you never realized that you or a loved one needed until you saw it in the store or on television. People are making eggnog and planning their Christmas dinners early. Soon, the aroma of baked ham and roasted turkey will be in kitchens everywhere.
“What will Santa bring?” is the question on everyone’s mind. Below are some gifts that I wish for people in Madison County:
• Good health for everyone, especially my very own family and all my friends at work. So far, this year has been the only one the last four years that someone in my family has not had to spend in the hospital. May God’s mercy shine on each and every one of us and may He keep us safe in His arms and in His love.
• A state championship for the Cowboys. Those boys have worked hard and have earned their trip to the big showdown in Orlando against American Heritage. I will be watching the game from the comfort of my home but my heart will be in Orlando, with the Cowboys, as well as my alma mater, Jefferson County High School. I will be cheering both teams, along with North Florida Christian, on to victory.
• Salvation for the lost. Whether it’s an aging person who has never known the love of Christ or a young person who is lonely because they don’t feel that anyone loves them, I pray that they do know that God loves them and that Jesus Christ died just for them.
May each and every one of you have a very blessed Christmas and remember that it is Christ’s birthday that we are celebrating during this time of cheer.