We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior today yet our souls still ache from the loss of our spiritual patriarch and beloved step-father, Walter Garland. It is our first Christmas without him, and we will all be thinking of him as one of us says the prayer before we eat, wishing we could do it as well as he always did. We will miss his admonishment that today is intended to remember and celebrate God’s greatest gift to man.
Walter celebrates in the presence of the One whose birth generated this tradition, and in that he is far better off than any of us.
Lord, please pass this message along to your faithful servant:
Walter, we love you and miss you, but the wisdom you shared with us and the example you set in your days on this earth are the staples that help us endure this loss.
With our love, sorrow, and joy,
Tim and Robin