we were surprised
by God's Grace.
Two months into the pregnancy, I began hemorrhaging heavily, and found myself in the emergency room.
I was the one
and by God's grace...
we are now 34 weeks pregnant!
And yet everything we have experienced this year has been a reminder that we live in a fallen world, broken by sin and suffering, and that all of creation is groaning for our Savior's return. (Romans 8:22)
The entire creation is fallen, and we need a Savior - because the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
And so He came, wrapped Himself in flesh, lived a sinless life, and willingly died the death we deserved (John 1:14), bearing our sins upon Himself.
He rose again, defeating death, so that He can offer us the greatest gift that has ever been given...
when we call upon the name of the Lord in repentance, trusting Him alone for salvation.
Friends, the baby who was born in that stable
is not a baby anymore.
We need to take cover in the Cross.
(1 Corinthians 15)
In this crumbling world where babies die, children are abandoned by their parents, and everything spins out of our control - God has given us a refuge in the Gospel...
and a promise to make all things new.
A star pierces the darkness,
lighting the way to the Savior.
The weary world rejoices...
a Merry Christmas.
If we can pray for you, let us know: MRoepnack@gmail.com.
Local friends - all the pretty pictures were taken by our dear friend at Alyssa Fenty Photography:
Check out this short video from Living Waters about the true meaning of Christmas: