With the death of George H.W. Bush this past week some interesting facts about his life have impressed me. When we think of the great accomplishments of this man what most likely would come to mind would be his presidency, vice presidency, or war hero status. But, he did not see his life defined that way. He said his greatest accomplishment was marrying his wife Barbara (they were married 73 years) and his proudest achievement was that his children still wanted to come home to see him. Now although both of these blessings truly come from the hand of God, I particularly like his focus in life. For him family stood out as superior to any great title he may have been granted.

How refreshing I find this news in a day where individual accomplishment and selfish ambition destroy the family units God designed to be a joy. In fact the Bible is full of specific directives concerning family life, not for the purpose of miserable restrictions, but rather so that we would live rich lives with deep relationships.

I am thankful to be studying Psalm 119 this week for Ladies Bible Study. This Psalm presents the wonder of God’s Word particularly as it gives clear direction for our lives. “Oh that we would desire and obey that direction. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” (Psalms 119:15)

Don’t forget the Joyful Jingle ladies Christmas dinner coming up on December 15th at 5:30. Would you like to help out with providing dishes for a table of 8? Invite a friend or two and register on the church website so that we can be prepared for you.