Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

A Wonderful Christmas

Over the last week, I have been on vacation.  Though this did not stop me from teaching, preaching, and all of the other activities that I normally do during the week.  But it was mostly just the basics of ministry.  I did get to spend a ton of time with the family over the Holiday season.  My parents were down from Canada, and it was wonderful having them here for Christmas morning.  One of the sacrifices I made to preach the gospel was to move to another country.  People do not see me as a missionary because I serve in America, and mostly fit into America perfectly well, but years ago I left everything, career, family, friends, home, to follow Jesus.  Though I gave up all, I was blessed with ministry, family, friends, and a home, and so much more.  But I know that feeling of having nothing besides my relationship with Christ.  Fortunately, about two times a year, my parents come to see me and the Kids, mostly the kids.  It was great having them with us.  We are trading out my parents for Charity’s parents today.  This is another great treat.

The Christmas season was beautiful.  We had a white Christmas which is still amazing.  Looking out the window on Christmas Eve was awesome.  Seeing the falling snow, and the peace and joy that this magical night brings is a huge blessing.  I love looking at everything all prepared for the children.  Christmas day was early.  The kids were up at 2:30am and I did not have the heart to make them go back to bed.  So up we went.  Everyone was a little tired.  I made sushi for lunch, which was hard but so rewarding.  It turned out which is amazing.  To have my family, to be surrounded by family is a true blessing.  Everyone seemed so happy.

It is hard not be thankful for all that God has provided.  I have an awesome wife, two great kids, and parents who love me.  My church family is so great.  I know there are preachers who struggle with bad elderships, no funding, and too much stress.  It seems wrong that I have a loving eldership, generous funding, and the only stress I have is that which put on myself.  I have high expectations for myself.  I do a lot of ministry, I lead a lot of works in the congregation, and work like a dog most weeks, and even on vacation I preach and teach.  Why?  Because I love what I do.  Years ago, I gave up all that earth had to offer for a relationship with the Lord, and God has given it all back and more.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.

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