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WOW! Once again, Christmas Day came and went faster than I could ever say! I hope your day was nice and you were able to enjoy time with those you love. That is important, more than you may realize.
Now, another year will begin on Wednesday. A New Year and New Decade 2020 arrives with all its bells and whistles and celebrations. 2019 was a good year as I got to travel and see many parts of the universe. However, it ended on a bit of a sad note.
A few weeks ago, I went to the funeral of a dear friend who lived for nearly 80 years. I met her and her husband at a church I attended many years ago. She was always a very caring and loving lady making sure everyone was loved. I taught her grandsons in classes at her church for several years and that meant quite a bit to both of us. The funeral was the first Christmassy service that I ever attended. It was a celebration of her life and love of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, I learned that her husband passed away. It wasn't too surprising to me because, though he wasn't told of his wife's passing, they were very close so it seemed like it should be this way. They were always together, going everywhere and doing everything. Also, he had been ill for quite a while.
Over the years, I have found that time spent with friends and family is, well, priceless. My parents passed away around 6 years ago. Though I still miss them, it is comforting to know they are no longer suffering from this world's troubles including their health issues. Having spent time with my parents grilling dinner, celebrating Christmas and New Year's, watching Bill Gaither and the Homecoming Friends on TV and at a few concerts, and so many more activities that I have memories to cherish for the rest of my life.
My friends who passed away recently, as well as my parents, went on to Heaven. They believed in Jesus, accepted Him as their Savior, and served Him in so many ways throughout their lives. They were a wonderful witness of God's Love.
Ever wonder what will happen to you after you die? It's not just a matter of being good or being nice. You have to accept Christ as your Savior to go to heaven. If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God.