Christmas Letter 2013
How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!
~ Isaiah 52:7
This verse keeps repeating in my mind as I contemplate on the lovely Cordillera mountain from where I sit at a coffee shop situated on the top floor of a mall here in Baguio City.
Where does this serenity in the midst of turbulence come from?
You see, the past year has been a tumultuous year for Matthew and I. We were faced with so much stress that it has taken its toll on our health. Twice, Matthew had to be confined in the hospital, while I suffered some setbacks as well (weakened by my hospitalization around this time last year).
However, although unpleasant, this difficulty we recently faced turned out to be a faith building exercise for us. We stand witness to God’s faithfulness as big and small miracles happened… before we knew it, our concerns were being addressed… issues resolved and very slowly but surely problems solved.
To say that we are awed and humbled is an understatement … Thank you, Lord!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our doctors who patiently and lovingly take care of us. In spite of Matthew’s stress related hospitalization, he recovers much faster now than before — a marked improvement. I, on the other hand, am grateful for my home based work wherein I do what I immensely enjoy doing.
I cannot end this letter without mentioning this blog which is a source of joy for us. As of this writing, we have 134 followers and have reached 192,963 hits. All in a span of 5 years. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine that we will be able to reach out to so many people through this blog. It excites us that we have developed friendships on cyberspace too. We got to meet like minded individuals who share our beliefs, convictions and interests. A wonderful blessing!
Let me end this Christmas letter with a quote from one of Matthew’s favourite authors:
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.
~ Meister Eckhart
And we say, “Thank you, Lord” … Indeed, you are good!
Here’s wishing you a meaningful Christmas and a grace filled New Year ahead.
Matthew and Jojang