Over the next few days, our family is enjoying time with Leigh-Ann’s family. So far it’s been a great trip…the weather is nice…the kids are getting along…and the setting is beautiful.

Since my in-laws live on a golf course, I have enjoyed watching golfers come by all day. Pretty sure no one will be quitting their job to go on tour and a few of them should probably just quit golfing :).

However, the wildlife is even more entertaining than the golfers…and that says a lot.

I haven’t seen an alligator, but I have been watching a very friendly Sandhill Crane family. Seriously, they are a family.

Maybe even, “that family.”

I have learned, Sandhill Cranes mate for life. They attract their potential mate by making very loud, high pitched calls. They are also known to dance as a key part of the process. I’m pretty sure if I was a Sandhill Crane, I would be single for the rest of my life since my singing voice and dancing skills are pretty weak.

What is interesting to me is that, the Cranes show up here at the house every day….mom, dad and kid. Yep, all three of them. And if they even think the kid is in danger, they snap into protective action. In fact, one of the parents is constantly on watch for danger. 

The parents will raise their kid for two years before sending him or her into adulthood. There is something significant about the environment of security these parents provide.

When it comes to our spiritual life, as Christians, we are very blessed with the security our Father provides as well. In fact, He not only sent His son Jesus to earth to defeat evil and provide a means for us to experience eternal life, God has also taken up residence in our hearts as the Holy Spirit.

The presence of God in our life is a most incredible gift, and Christmas is an ideal time to spend time worshipping God for His presence.

This Sunday, Pastor Don Lewis will be sharing a sermon from Matthew 2:1-6 and James 1:22-25.  entitled, “Do you believe in Christmas?” It seems almost easy for us to testify that we are Christians, but do we truly believe God, came to earth in order to have a relationship with us?

I look forward to hearing all that Pastor Don has to share as he wraps up our sermon series on Advent. I hope you can attend in person at 9:00 or 10:45am. If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch online at 10:45 HERE.