Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:
- Family Update
- Girls’ Book on 60% off sale
- Sunday, December 20: One Time Only Performance of “The Innkeeper’s Dream”
- Sunday, December 27: Sermon – The Star of Bethlehem
- Events of the Last Month
- Upcoming Events
1) Family Update
Our time in New York City before Christmas was superb in every way.
The Grace Prescriptions Conference I (Walt) taught had over 120 enthusiastic, mostly very young, mostly academic health professionals. It went amazingly well. One of the evenings a bunch of us took the Staten Island Ferry both ways passing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It was a fabulous evening.
The Sunday morning after the conference, we worshipped at one of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church campuses (they have 3) and were blessed to hear Tim Keller preach. The music and worship were excellent. Then we enjoyed an authentic multi-course Korean meal with the two physician families that had hosted the Grace Prescriptions Conference.
Then, we spent three days of playing tourist and our time in New York City was fabulous. We walked 6-8 miles a day. The city was festive and joyously decorated. It was wonderful.
Sunday afternoon and evening we enjoyed the Empire State Building, Madison Avenue, the Morgan Library and Museum, Grand Central Terminal, the New York City Public Library, Bryant Park, the Christmas Village at Bryant Park, Macy’s at Herald Square, and a Century 21 Department Store.
Monday we spent the morning with some local physicians. That was a divine appointment for sure. Then, we took the MTA to Columbus Circle and spent some great time at the Columbus Circle Christmas Village, had a joyous walk through Central Park and by its small zoo, a visit to the Plaza Hotel, the Plaza Hotel Shoppes, and then an excellent lunch at the Plaza Hotel Food Market (only a small step down from the Harrods’s Food Mart in London).
Then off to the Apple Store Mothership, a marvelous time viewing the Christmas windows and stores on 5th Avenue, the always inspiring Rockefeller Center and Legos Store, the amazing Christmas light show on the exterior of Saks 5th Avenue, then to the indescribable lights of Times Square, and a stop and pastry tasting at Carlo’s Bakery (of the TV show “Cake Boss”). Dinner was at the incredible Carmine’s Italian Restaurant.
Tuesday morning, we visited the 9/11 Memorial, which was sobering. Then, the rest of the day and evening we first took the MTA to Brooklyn, walked the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan, then walked through Chinatown, then through Little Italy, shopped at Madewell, shopped all the way up Broadway through SoHo, shopping in NoHo, visiting the Union Square Christmas Village, Patagonia, walked the High Line, and then shopped the Chelsea Market. Our evening ended enjoying an amazing dinner with young friends.
Wednesday, we flew home refreshed and invigorated. It was a fabulous trip. We’re in a great Christmas mood, for sure.
While we were gone, ground was broken on our new home. In the days since, they’ve already done all of the groundwork, and finished pouring the basement. The blizzard today (up to 40 mph winds and over 12 inches of snow so far) will only delay the start of framing by one day. They say they’ll begin tomorrow. We’ve signed all of the final papers and have been given our “guaranteed” move-in date. We’re excited by being able to downsize, have single-level living, and be at a significantly lower altitude and closer to town. These are all very good things for us. We count ourselves blessed indeed.
2) Girls’ Book on 60% off sale
Two books that I had great joy writing included The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body and, more recently, The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body. The electronic version of the latter book (the girls’ book) is ON SALE (60% off) until January 4 for $2.99 (usually $8.99). It would be a great Christmas present for a pre-teen or early-teen girl.
I hope it’s a blessing for the girl(s) in your life.
3) Sunday, December 20: One-Time Only Performance of “The Innkeeper’s Dream”
I was so grateful to have been able to do the one-man theatrical presentation of David Sheldon’s The Innkeeper’s Dream at the Little Log Church in historic Palmer Lake, Colorado the Sunday before Christmas. The presentation was very well accepted.
4) Sunday, December 27: Sermon – The Star of Bethlehem
Have you ever wondered about the Star of Bethlehem? Did it really exist? Did it really occur? On Sunday morning, December 27, I’ was back at at the Little Log Church in historic Palmer Lake, Colorado, preaching during the 10 am morning worship service on The Star of Bethlehem. You can find the text of the sermon (along with citations and hyperlinks) here.
5) Events of the last month
- Dec 3-5: I was with my dear friend, Bill Peel, DMin, as we co-taught another Grace Prescriptions Conference to health professionals in New York City.
- Dec 6-9: Barb and I stayed in Manhattan to sightsee and enjoy the Christmas decorations. It turned out to be, for us, the kickoff of a quite, restful Christmas season.
- The rest of the month we were at home! No travel. Just a family time of rest, relaxation, and recuperation after a busy fall of travel and speaking. We SO enjoyed our time together at home.
- Dec 20: I’m tried a first: I performed a one-man theatrical presentation of David Sheldon’s The Innkeeper’s Dream at the Little Log Church in historic Palmer Lake.
- Dec 27: The very next week, I was back at the Little Log Church to preach about The Star of Bethlehem. You can see the text of the sermon here.
6) Upcoming Events
- Jan 8-12: We’ll fly to Key West to spend a few warm days touring the Keys.
- Jan 13-17: I’ll be attending a medical meeting in Miami.
7) Past Issues of our family newsletter
You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.