One of my hopes as a writer is to present the Truth of Jesus Christ, a risen, loving, personal, and all powerful Savior,
who as God incarnate came as a helpless babe to this broken world,
lived a sinless life,
poured himself out in ministry and service,
and then in supreme and voluntary obedience to God the Father,
stretched out and hung on a cross,
and offered His life as a blood sacrifice for Adam's fallen race,
that His righteousness might be attributed to those dead in their sins,
who by the great grace of God Almighty,
were made alive,
and the once dead hearts of those He foreknew were born again,
that they may be called sons and daughters of God.
Each of those sweeping statements, clauses, Truths above has impacted and changed my life forever.
And whatever story I'm here to tell - whether it's the completion of the long drawn out 31 Days of Green Acres, a new animal adventure, a family story - the Truest story I must tell is the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
My words falter, my thoughts jumble, and my fingers pause when considering how to tell, what to tell, when to tell that I belong body and soul to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If you know me in "real life" the hesitations above are likely to surprise you. In the context of face to face relationship I am much more confident, maybe even equipped, to tell this good news and to invite you to open the Holy Scriptures with me and drink deeply from the living water Jesus Christ offers.
I'd be quick to invite you in, and as we broke bread together, we'd talk about Jesus Christ, the bread of life.
As we celebrated life in the pure pleasure of being together, I'd pause and ask you to join me in joyful recognition that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the Life.
Broken and in need of redemption, I'd offer you my feeble strengths, beg your grace for my ongoing frailties, and humbly ask your companionable patience as I am refined and live in constant awe that my eternal salvation is complete because of what Christ has done.
Today, on this Christmas, I'd ask you to walk with me, and as we breathe deep the crisp winter air and glory in the dusting of snow on the ground, I'd share with you how Emmanuel, God with us, has changed everything.
Made all things new.
Filled a broken creation and a flawed human race with hope.
Renews, Redeems, and Restores because of His great love.
Love that came naked, helpless, subject to frail humanity.
Love that grew in wisdom and favor with God and man.
Love that fed the hungry, taught the masses, healed the sick, became obedient to death on a cross, and bore the sin of the world.
Love that is constant, eternal, boundless, and free.
So whatever picture you see here, whatever turn of phrase that catches your attention, whatever tip, trick, or homesteading "know- how" you might glean, above all may you come to know that Liberty Farm is place where we live this abundant life because of Jesus.
And that makes this much more than a Christmas outtake.
Jesus Christ - the reason we can, do, and often make merry.
Because from His fullness we have received grace upon grace.
Wishing you the most lovely of Christmases, filled to the full with grace upon grace.