Merry Christmas and an Update from Anna Marie and Family

Merry Christmas the night-before Christmas Eve! Here’s a sweet update from Anna Marie including a video. Love, Sarah

Dear Friends,

What a year this has been! I think back to last Christmas and all the unknowns we were facing. As you know, things developed rather rapidly shortly after that Christmas. We have definitely faced some “deep waters” around the labor induction, surgery, chemo – primarily from the standpoint of facing very difficult decisions at times when we didn’t feel like we had all of the information we would have liked to make that decision.

Through it all you have faithfully encouraged and prayed for us each step of the way. Thank you! I can’t even describe to you how we have felt held up by God along this journey.

I believe God has used these circumstances to teach me more about my need for utter dependence on Him. But, oh! I still have so much more to learn, and still struggle with day-to-day opportunities to do so. But God is faithful and I’m thankful that He promises to never leave or forsake, that He will continue the work He began until the day of Christ!

Life is continuing here in the weekly treatment routine (HER2 blocker & supportive therapies). I’ve definitely felt more energy over the last few weeks and have loved all the Christmas activities we’ve been able to do as a family.

One Christmas activity we love is going to the doors of local friends to wish them a Merry Christmas, sharing a few verses,  a Christmas song, and a plate of shortbread cookies. While we would love to also stop by your house, we had to settle for another way to greet you. So we recorded a two-minute video that you can see by viewing it below or clicking this link.

Singing Christmas songs is one of my favorite parts of this season, and I enjoy learning some of the less common ones in addition to the traditional, familiar carols. Here are a few verses of a 1600’s German hymn by Paul Gerhardt that friends taught me years ago. I love the picture of absolute dependence upon and rest in Christ, and the awe it captures in speaking of the Creator humbling Himself to take on the form of the created.

O Jesus Christ,
Thy manger is
My paradise at which my soul reclineth.
For there, O Lord,
Doth lie the Word
Made flesh for us; herein Thy grace forth shineth.

He whom the sea
And wind obey
Doth come to serve the sinner in great meekness.
Thou, God’s own Son,
With us art one,
Dost join us and our children in our weakness.

Thy light and grace
Our guilt efface,
Thy heav’nly riches all our loss retrieving.
Thy birth doth quell
The pow’r of hell and Satan’s bold deceiving.

Thou Christian heart,
Whoe’er thou art,
Be of good cheer and let no sorrow move thee!
For God’s own Child,
In mercy mild,
Joins thee to Him; how greatly God must love thee!

The world may hold
Her wealth and gold;
But thou, my heart, keep Christ as thy true treasure.
To Him hold fast
Until at last
A crown be thine and honor in full measure.

May we truly keep Christ as our True Treasure this Christmas season and hold Him fast in the New Year – knowing that He will hold us fast, as well!

Merry Christmas!

Anna Marie

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21


21 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and an Update from Anna Marie and Family”

  1. Loved the video and update! So so sweet to see and hear the children quote and sing. Merry Christmas!

  2. What an absolutely beautiful post from Anna! I can’t imagine the hard moments that arise thinking of 2020… a whirlwind indeed! Seeing those six beautiful children is a happiness. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a lovely video! Thank you for posting this. It definitely lifted my spirits. Joshua’s guitar playing is wonderful. Great job! Merry Christmas!

  4. Even in seasons of trial and adversity God’s love for us abounds! Praying for you and your family in the New Year.

  5. What a lovely video.
    Such a joy.
    Made our Christmas.
    Praying for you all and every blessing.
    Lots of love too.

  6. Thank you for sharing your family with all of us! What a sweet, sweet blessing and encouragement! Love and prayers to you all!

  7. What a blessing the video was. Our Lord truly is Wonderful!! May He grant you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and many abundantly blessed filled days to follow.

    God bless you,

  8. Aww, that was so sweet!! I thoroughly enjoyed + was blessed by the singing and quoting of Scripture! Thanks so much for sharing and God bless you all!

  9. So nice to see Christopher’s and Anna Marie’s family. What a lovely video! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Praying for you all.
    Merry Christmas to all the Maxwells.

  10. Wow! Absolutely Beautiful Job, Christopher and Anne Marie & darling Family!!! This brought tears to mine eyes and touched my heart! Lovely Scriptures! The hymn you shared on this page is very sweet, Anna Marie, and I deeply appreciate how the Lord is referred to as “Thee” and “Thy”. This speaks of deep reverence for Christ Who deserves it! This line stood out to me: “But thou, my heart, keep Christ as thy true treasure.”
    For your encouragement, recently a verse the Lord gave me to have peace in Christ during Covid-19 is this, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). The Lord Jesus Christ desires us who have accepted Him as personal Lord and Saviour into our hearts to have a quiet and still heart, pondering the lovely truths that GOD is in CONTROL of the virus, no matter what happens. HE desires we FULLY TRUST IN HIM. He has the VERY BEST and ONLY THE BEST for each of us in mind, for His glory and our deepest and richest spiritual blessing!
    Thank you so much again for this touching video! Thank you so much for your update!! I will continue praying for you all!
    Love in Christ,
    A Believer in Jesus from Upstate Western NY

  11. This is such a great post to see right here at Christmas. Lovely family. Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas to all,

  12. Lovely Christmas greeting! THank you for sharing! The littlest girl has my heart!
    Merry Christmas to you all!

  13. How beautifully sweet. I was thrilled to view the video holiday greetings with Word and song. It is good to read that Anna Marie is experiencing more energy and strength as of late. We pray for continued health for your entire family.

  14. Thank you so much for this! The sweet sounds of your voices made me tear up. This has been a hard year in America with so many churches closed. God Bless you and Merry Christmas!

  15. You are an absolutely beautiful example of a family fully relying on God and worshipping him in spite of great hardship. Your family brings such joy to our Lord, I truly believe.
    Anna Marie, you are just glowing in this video….you are so beautiful! Thank you and Christopher for raising your precious little children for the Lord Jesus. I pray His blessings will pour out abundantly upon you. With much love and appreciation, Kacie Sane

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