Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas

Christmas, it's that time of year where you get together with you're family for a time of fun, giving, and celebration. If you're blessed, you might even get to go to a rocking worship service. This Christmas I got all above the above, but the important thing is that even though I was blessed richly this Christmas, I was able to bless others.

This year and the past 2 Christmases I have been a part of feeding the homeless at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Newport News. It's just a time where we go to an Episcopal Service then feed those who are less fortunate than us a really good Christmas meal. I consider it one of the best parts of my Christmas.

Another important part of Christmas is Christmas Eve at Waters Edge Church. The opening was one of the most impressive I've seen in my 6 years there. It was a message about how a guy didn't believe in the true meaning of Christmas and then he had an encounter with Jesus. That same message is read in reverse order and the message completely changes. If one of the staff can hook me up with a copy of the text, that would be most appreciated.


I also have to give props to my man Mike Dominice for doing a great guitar solo for the WEC rock version of "Carol of the Bells". He pulled it off. Woohoo

Volunteering was also fun. Watching Christmas movies and making crafts with kids is also fun. I also got beat by my pastor's son in Mancala. I taught him, though, so I guessed he had a good teacher.

For those of you interested in what I actually got for Christmas, I'm not going to put an itemized list, but the David Ferrell version.

1. A bunch of clothes
2. The World of Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
3. Les Miserables radio drama
4. Money
5. Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2
6. A Meade reflecting telescope

I hope you had a Merry Christmas as well and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Thanks

It's been a while since I've written on my blog. I think part of it was there I just plain forgot, and the other part was I couldn't come up with something good enough to write on here. So I thought I would extend what I taught to my guys in my 6th grade Community Group. I asked them this week to write an e-mail, card, or letter to someone they are thankful for. So I thought, hmm, I can do a blog entry! aha!

But I can't just list one person. There are so many people in my life for which I'm thankful. So I thought I'd list a few and why I'm thankful for them. So here we go.

The easiest place to start is my parents. If it weren't for them I wouldn't be here, I wouldn't be the man I am, and I also probably wouldn't have met my Savior. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

My brother and sister, Peter and Elisabeth. They are really fun people and I have sooooo many fond memories with them, and they are 2 people that I know really well. They are also 2 people who will call me out if I'm making a fool of myself. Even though they have moved away, we still keep in touch regularly. This Thanksgiving was the first that I didn't spend with my sister, but I am thankful that she's coming home for Christmas!!

Joshua Pothen, my best friend for 15 plus years. Josh is one person outside of my immediate family who I can talk to about literally anything going on my life and feel completely comfortable. This year he moved up north, but it's amazing how he's been there when I need a friend to talk to. Thanks Josh!

My collective Community Group. This is my 6th group, but it's always amazing how God grows you through a group of completely different people. It's one of those times during my week where I can just chill, be myself, and talk about what matters most. Pretty sweet.

My 6th grade guys Community Group. This is my first year with 6th grade guys, and let's just say it's been challenging, but in a good way. I think it's the challenging things in life that test us and grow us to be better people. It can get crazy at times, but just when I think they're not listening, they come up with a good answer. Plus there's a satisfying feeling that comes with impacting lives for Christ.

Bobby Pegram. My co-leader for my 6th grade group. His passion for Christ is about as equally as fiery as his red hair and he's a senior in high school, proof positive that the next generation hasn't lost sight of God, and that's something I'm extremely thankful for. He has a strong desire to impact his community and his circle of influence with the Gospel. He's my second hand man and always brings a healthy balance to the group. If it weren't for that, there are nights when I'd probably go insane, so thanks Bobby!

WEC. I've been going to the same church for over 6 1/2 years and there's no end in sight. To be part of a church from it's inception and see it grow from 50 people to close to 2000 has been quite a ride. We've changed throughout the years in certain areas, but there are several things that remain constant that I'm thankful for, the main ones being that we always focus on the outsider and that we aren't dead. We are alive and have seen and continue to see so many lives go from lost to found and that's something to shout about!

The list could keep going, but as you can see I have much to be thankful for. Many times I feel like being negative and my thoughts take me to unhealthy places when I start to complain, but when I take time to see what I've been given, the blindfold is removed and I see how God has always provided for me. So I leave you with this line from an old hymn.

Count your many blessings
Count them one by one.
Count your many blessings
See what God has done.