Christmas greetings, Centennial Church! I hope this final Postscripts of the 2017 year finds each of you well. I’ve got some very good news to share and a big favor to ask. First, let’s start with the very good news.
Isaac Andrew Thomas has arrived! Y’all will be pleased to know that Rebekah and Isaac are both doing very well. He was born without complication on December 6, 2017, at 12:41 pm. His first (as of Monday morning at 10:18 am) five days outside of the womb have been filled with sweet family moments, beautiful memories, and tangible blessings from God in the day-to-day. For those of y’all who have met Mary Emmaline (our two-year-old daughter), she has been her usual sweet, gentle, and crazy self. From Away In The Manger to Amazing Grace, Isaac is being serenaded by his big sister often! Please continue to pray for our family as we fall into our new schedule in the coming months.
Speaking of schedules, I need to ask y’all a favor. I hope this will jog memories, and don’t worry if it doesn’t, I will continue to remind y’all every now and then. Please overcommunicate with me! It might surprise y’all to hear this (I jest), the functions of the church don’t stop with the birth of my son. As we enter the new year, it will help me greatly if y’all continue to strive for overcommunication with me. Do you have a spiritual need I can aid you with? Please contact me! Surgeries lined up? Please tell me! Opportunities for ministry? Ideas to aid fellowship? Desires to serve? Things I’m missing that don’t need to be missed? Please, please, please let me know! Don’t assume “I’m in the know.” Always let me know.
The two verses above from Luke 14 have been on my mind and prayers for these last five days. I have counted the cost, and God has provided. I am thankful for the Spirit’s empowering. I am thankful for the body of Christ at Centennial that will help me bear my burdens well (Galatians 6:2). And I am thankful that I can continue to serve my family and church. May we continue forward together at Centennial, may we serve and love our neighbors at Centennial and in Columbia where we can, and may we do it all for God’s glory. Blessings, and Merry Christmas!