Saturday, we mailed our first Christmas card ever! David and I are hoping to make it an annual tradition. My family has kept this tradition since I was born making sure to send a letter and a picture yearly. Just wanted to share it with everyone that may not have gotten a personal copy mailed to them! Please don't take offense if you didn't. We're still sharing it with everyone!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Greetings from the Adams’ family!
Although some family members have jokingly warned us about beginning a Christmas letter tradition, we have determined not to let naysayers hold us back. We’ve never written one of these before, so please cut us some slack if this letter doesn’t meet your literary expectations. We’ll do the best we can!
As many of you know, we were married at First Baptist Church in Starkville, Mississippi on June 19, 2010, and what a special day it was! We are so grateful for our many family and friends who were there to make that day so special for us and to serve as witnesses as we committed ourselves to each other and our marriage to Christ. We frequently talk about how special the day was, look at pictures, and wish we could go back and experience it all over again. We often talk about how slooooow time seemed to crawl as the wedding approached, and how fast it has gone since that day. We have been so blessed in this first season of our life together. And yet, as I’m sure many of you married people will agree, it seems that Satan has challenged us in ways we never thought possible and through that God has taught us so many lessons—so much more so than we ever thought possible in a six month period.
Timing. This has increasingly become more and more of a theme in our life. How long is sufficient to be engaged? When is the right time to get married? How many more days do we have to wait until the wedding? When will we be able to move? When will you bring a job? How long do you want us to wait God? Timing. You see, we have spent a majority of 2010 waiting. And while it hasn’t been easy and has only (surprisingly) increased since we were married, God has used it to bountifully bless our walk with Him and our marriage.
Driving down Highway 82 late one Wednesday evening in November, coming home from a church in Columbus, MS where David has served as an interim youth minister this semester, we finally got an answer. It was a phone call we’d waited six months to receive for David with a job offer as a Supply Planner for International Paper in Memphis, Tennessee. As we drove the rest of the way home, we were reminded of how our God is a God of impeccable timing. There have been so many things God has taught us since June 19th that we would not have learned had we not been in a period of waiting.
Isn’t that the story of Jesus Christ and Christmas? A God of timing. A God, who in His infinite wisdom, chose the exact moment to bring a baby to earth to save a lost world. It had been thousands of years since God had first spoken of a coming King who would save a lost world. Many, many, many people had been born and had died awaiting this promised one. To top it all off, God had been silent for 400 years. No prophecies, no voice, no nothing—the Silence Period found between the Old and New Testaments. It would have seemed to the world that God had forgotten His promise. But far from it! God is a God of timing, and Jesus’ birth was right on schedule in His plan. A baby born in a manger in Bethlehem with a virgin mother and a carpenter father. Lowly shepherds rejoicing with the angels and praising His birth. God knew how it would all take place, and it was all on His time table.
As we prepare for a Christmas move to Memphis with all of the craziness that accompanies it, I have to remember Mary and the craziness she would have been experiencing preparing for a new baby. What God of timing calls a pregnant woman to hoist herself on a donkey and travel? But God’s picture was far bigger than Mary or her comfort and convenience, just as his picture is far bigger than us. He is a God of timing. We are so excited to see what He has in store for us in Memphis and are so thankful for all of the extra time He has given us in Starkville to start our marriage. We hope that during this holiday season you would remember that God is a God of impeccable timing, in the birth of Jesus Christ, but also in your life as well. We’ve seen him do “far more abundantly than all we could ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” (Eph 3:20) To end with the next verse just seems appropriate, “to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph 3:21).
Wishing you the Merriest Christmas celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior!
David and Sara Adams
We wish you’d keep up with us throughout the year through one of the following ways:
(Moving date December 17th)
David and Sara Adams
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Sara Herrington Adams