I’m remembering these Christmas song words, “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” All of us can identify with a bit of weariness from this past year. How nice to have our hearts warm at the thought of Jesus choosing to come into this world because He loves us and delights in us! Amazing, since Jesus knew the pain and turmoil awaiting Him, yet pierced the barrier between heaven and earth to restore us. Because of Him we have the opportunity to live in the wonder of heaven for eternity!
 
How we need Jesus now! COVID has been a powerful reminder about the importance of placing our trust in our mighty God. No political system, no church structure, nothing else can ever be totally secure. Over and over, in big and small ways we’ve observed the hand of God, sensed the comfort of the Holy Spirit and felt the presence of Jesus. 
 
I pray dear friend that you managed to find joy and personal peace during the often confusing and frightening times we’ve experienced. We all need Jesus. It’s impossible to do life well without Him. Some days are challenging but God is always a real and present help. Deep down in our hearts “all is calm and all is bright” with Him.
 
Contentment is a lovely word and we treasure each day of it. Jesus is not only the reason for the season, He’s the reason for the joy we can find in every new day. 
 

 

 

**WRITING AND PERSONAL UPDATE**

 
Since March, when we returned early from Florida, Wayne and I have worshipped through TV, cooked at home lots and enjoyed more quiet time together. We welcomed two new members to the family this year. DJ, Pam’s youngest son, married Jennifer in June and Katie and Alex blessed us with great-grandchild number three, Alyanna. 
 
Wayne had heart surgery in October– a dual lead Pacemaker will hopefully give him better heart function. He continues to write up a storm sharing spiritual insights with the readers of his daily blog – our family members and many friends. His latest book is Thoughts For Today, Words For Tomorrow, Vol. 2, a collection of his writings.
 
My children's mystery fantasy Tommy Smurlee Series will soon have two additions: Mystery of the Silver Shells and Mystery on the Moors, More Tommy Smurlee and Grella Weller Adventures.  On my personal YouTube channel, Judith Rolfs, I continue to share video tips for happy family lives and also read some of my children’s book stories for young readers. With speaking events ruled out, I’m more active online. We pray daily that every reader of our words will be blessed in a special way known to them and God.
 
Sending our HEARTFELT PRAYERS for a great 2021.
 
Judith  Rolfs

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