We are back in St. Louis after a nice warm break in Texas. It was a blessing to be able to spend the holiday with all of Greg's family. His sister Lisa and her family came down from Arkansas so we were all able to be together. We had a great time getting to visit with extended family and dear friends during our time in Texas. The kids had a special visit with their cousins. We really don't get to see them very often so it was a treat. I will post more pictures form Christmas down the road a bit. We were able to visit 3 different churches and Greg had the opportunity to preach at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Greg's parent's church. Lots of extended family, and friends showed up so that was nice. (No pressure Greg:) He did a great job. It was nice to be able to thank them in person for the support that they have shown to us during out time here at the seminary. We are continually thanking the Lord for His gracious provision for our family while we have been here.
We headed back on the first and stopped near Dallas to attend the Celebration of Life service for a seminary families son. Their 9 year old was killed in a helicopter accident while on vacation in the Dallas area. We were so thankful to be in the area and able to be there to celebrate his precious life with them. The service was just amazing. The pastor really left you feeling hopeful and joyful for the eternal life that we all will have if we believe in Jesus and have Him as our Savior. It is something to celebrate! Even though we rejoice that we know that this little guy is in Heaven praising His Savior, we all still grieve for this family knowing how they will miss him. Please lift up the Hays family in prayer as they grieve over the loss of their son. Please pray for the Lord to wrap His loving arms around them and give them the comfort and peace in their hearts that only He can provide.