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Dear Firs Family and Friends,

As I sit at my desk here in January, I look out my window at a winter wonderland of snow covered fir boughs on our property. I see kids from our ASA program enjoying the snow, even though it’s not much over 20 degrees outside. It’s not what you would call a typical scene here at The Firs but it is a beautiful one, nonetheless.  And, with the beauty, comes a reminder. God doesn’t just surround us with the beauty of His creation so that we can enjoy it – though we do. He surrounds us with His creation so that we can hear from Him.

You probably remember Psalm 19 where David says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”  “Declare” and “proclaim,” assigned to what God has made, infer that there is a level of communication going on. And, if the One who communicates is God, then it’s a good idea to pay attention.

But, there is a potential problem that could exist. Even though we live and do camp in the midst of incredible beauty, we can neglect listening to what God is saying if we don’t pause in order to do so. And even though we give kids an opportunity to live and play outside, we can fail to point out to them the source of the beauty all around. And, as a result, the message that God is intent on delivering may fall on deaf ears; a message that declares the reality of His existence and the extent of His power.

We are asking God for clarity this year on a number of fronts. We want to be aware of what He is doing now and what He aims to do in the future here at The Firs. We want clarity in regards to His provision and in regards to the people he wants us to serve. But maybe, before that can happen, we need to ask for clarity as we take every chance we can to listen to what He is saying through what He has made.

I trust that will be your experience this year as we aim to make it ours.

In His Service,

Tom Beaumont

Executive Director

PS: You can SUPPORT US in our year of clarity knowing your gift will make a big difference.


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