“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger....” - Luke 2:7 (KJV)
Christmas is all about a baby—Baby Jesus, the Light of the world!
Ever since our three J's (Julie, Janie, and Jonathan) were old enough to listen to and act out the story of Christ's birth, they have been very aware that Jesus came to earth as a newborn baby.
After all, a baby has universal appeal, right? We're literally drawn to touch the dimpled hands and plump cheeks. A baby symbolizes the profound miracle of life. And Christ's coming as a baby also points us to the spiritual NEW life He offers to all who believe and receive. To think that our Lord—from the grandeur of heaven—was willing to put on the form of a helpless infant!
Our all-wise heavenly Father sent His Son to us in this way, because He knows the great significance of the family unit. A baby needs the love and guidance of a father and mother as well as the companionship of siblings and an extended family. Jesus' earthly family is a reminder of the family of God, which each of us can belong to by simply opening our hearts to the Holy Babe in the manger—our faithful and loving Savior.
My prayer this tender Advent Season is that you will know and embrace "how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is" for you. (Ephesians 3:18, NLT)
Dear Reader-Friend, I'm thrilled to announce two new Amish Cheer cards my sister and creative partner, Barbara, and I have ready for you:
1) "Amish Home Christmas" features an Old Order Amish kitchen in Lancaster County. May it bring cheer and encouragement to each person on your card list.
2) The "Sleigh Ride" pop-out card is ideal for slipping a gift card or check/cash into the secret "pocket" as a surprise for a family member or friend. Order at our secure website: www.AmishCheer.com www.amishcheer.com.
On the busy writing side of my life, I'm planning my novel for 2023—yes, that far ahead! Meanwhile, revisions for The Orchard, (releasing September 2022), are coming along nicely. I'm into the final third of that manuscript currently. Book cover reveal will be coming!
Finally, and most importantly, thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words, precious prayers, and friendship this past year. You are the best-ever readers an author could hope to have!