…isn’t in the mail. This probably isn’t surprising to you since we haven’t sent anything out since…? However, if we did send a letter, here is the picture and letter that would have been included!
(Thanks for the photo shoot, Melody!)
Dear Family and Friends,
This year, instead of sending you a “family update,” and Christmas greetings, we want to tell you about our sin, and how much we need Jesus. And here are some things we want you to know about us. When it comes to our relationship with God, we sadly admit that even though we are trusting in Jesus for our salvation, we often try to walk with God based on our own self-effort instead of resting in the finished work of our Savior. Consequently, we spend much of our time focusing on the external matters of keeping God’s commands, while we ignore the internal matters of our heart. And we want you to know that we are becoming increasingly, and painfully, aware that our sin is more than just our isolated acts of disobedience, but rather, it is pervasive. Furthermore, we need to admit that our hearts are perpetual idol factories resulting in numerous and different objects or “payoffs” which pull our affection away from Jesus. By the way, we like to call our idol worship, “having some of our priorities out of order.” We’ve also realized that, with a significant portion of our life, biblical self-control is not even on our radar when it comes to our own desires. We like to call our obsessive self-gratification “legitimate needs.” And finally, we want you to know that we haven’t been sharing the gospel with our neighbors like Jesus told us to, in word or in deed, and we like to call our disobedience and lack of love, “not having the gift of evangelism.”
So this year, instead of reminding you to focus on Jesus, we just want you to know how desperately we need Him. We’d also like to ask for your prayers, in the coming year, that we would come to a deeper understanding of the gospel, that we might grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, whose birth we celebrate along with you.
The Bergstrom Family
Used with permission: original text by Rev. Robert Adams