Matthew 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." . . . . When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
Just this past week, one morning I had gone out to run a few errands. Kenny and I were keeping our grandson, Caden. Kenny stayed at home with him while I ran out for a little while. When I returned, Kenny and Caden had found another little manger scene and placed Mary, Joseph, an angel, a wise man, and a shepherd on our kitchen table. But they hadn't been able to find the baby Jesus. "We can't find Jesus," said little Caden. "We've been looking for Jesus."
I had remembered seeing a little baby Jesus in a drawer in the kitchen, so I went to the drawer and pulled Him out, along with a little sea shell in which to lay Him for a manger. When I gave Him to Caden, to my surprise, he said, "No, I want a big Jesus." The only "big Jesus" we have is an olive wood Jesus carrying His cross. And so we have the "big Jesus" on our table right beside the baby Jesus.
For beginning our year 2019, we'll be looking for the big Jesus, walking through the gospels. But for now, today will be my last Wine From the Vine for a while. We are taking off some time to spend with family. We are heading to Orlando, FL in a couple of days to be with our son Kyle and his family for a long weekend, celebrating with him his graduation from UCF with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Humanities in History with a Judaic Studies minor. He's been working in horticulture at Sea World and then Universal Studios since before he and Tara married, and done very well. But he had something else in his heart to do, teach history. And so he's been going back to school. He'll continue on in January to get his master's degree. We're very proud of him and his wife, Taraleigh, who has been going back to school also, as well as homeschooling their 4 children and being involved in lots of other things, as well. Tara graduated UCF with 2 degrees, one in Political Science, the other in History. She will be finishing her master's program in the spring of 2019. We always enjoy spending time with this beautiful bunch who work hard and play hard in Mickey's city, living life to the fullest.
Then we'll head back home and run up to the Charlotte/Gastonia area to pick up Kevin's oldest boys to spend a few days with us, and seeing some of our extended family. It's always fun to spend time with them! My how they have grown--fine young men!After taking them back home, Kyle's family will join Kevin and Caden and us for the rest of the Christmas holiday with extended family once again. After Christmas, Kenny and I will celebrate 45 years of married life together on December 28th. As 2019 rolls in, we are going to take some time to renew and refresh. Then we'd like to spend some time in prayer for the new year, our families, and for KDM. So I'll be back with you in mid January to dig in once again, discovering Wine from the Vine. We'll be finding Jesus. Until then, my prayer for you and yours is that you experience God and His great love in your lives. Don't neglect spending time with Him and in His Word. Blessings! And Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year!!!.