Christmas Message from DVR
Family and Friends,
I wanted to take a brief moment as the Christmas season approaches to wish each of you a very joyous and blessed time together. I realize that this season is often marked by an incredible amount of distraction and potential business. However, I wanted to write a short note of encouragement to all of us that this season does not rest in activities, shopping or a myriad of after-school performances. This season marks the greatest reminder of our Savior’s great love for us. In terms of gifts it is the greatest gift ever recorded, and best of all it costs us nothing.
I was reminded while reading a few days ago about Jesus’ love for us and this act of service that he portrayed in his Earthly birth, ministry, and ultimate death for our benefit. It is recorded in Luke 22:27 “For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” This verse sums up the real reason for the season, this idea of true servant-leadership of giving oneself completely to another and for another. My prayer for you is that you sense our Lord’s presence in unique and tangible ways while you are together enjoying all of the riches that this season has to offer.
While the ranch is a busy place, filled with projects and timelines, we are taking the time to enjoy the off-season and prepare our hearts for another incredible season of ministry in 2018. I pray that your Christmas and New Year’s is spectacular – that your time together is rich with conversation and reminders of His great love for us. I, along with my staff, cherish future opportunities to spend time with you and your family. Until then, I pray that you are well and that the Savior of the world continues to transform your lives in new ways. Be assured that you are always in our prayers and we ask that you continue to pray for us as we seek to live out the calling that God has for this place called Deer Valley Ranch.
Blessings and Merry Christmas,