Christmas takes on a completely different feel here in Kenya compared to my childhood. As I was accustomed to cold weather, snow on the ground for sledding and snowmobiles, and bulky clothes in multiple layers I now am putting on sunblock and a big hat for protection from the hot equatorial sun. Although many things are different there are some atmosphere cultivating activities we still enjoy. The season appropriate music with simple decorations is one. Another is the generous hearts that erupt even from the humblest backgrounds of people around us. We are blessed to be able to spend time with a huge loving family in Eldoret and dear friends in Kapsowar. All the while we are reminding one another of the priority of our Father God to give and to love. Our lives are nothing if not poured out as a continual gift of praise to the One True Living God. Is there anything this world can offer greater then the gift of life we have in Him? Is there anything we can refuse to sacrifice after all He has sacrificed for us? He came down! Can we remain in His image this Christmas season? Can we come down from our high places of self centeredness and be like God on this earth? It’s God’s desire. May it also be the desire of our hearts.
“Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 26:11-12)