Move to Maryland

Dear Belcroft Family,

It is with great joy and a heart full of thankfulness that I send you this greeting as your pastor. I am truly humbled that God would allow me the undeserved privilege of being an under shepherd in His church. Being a shepherd, who follows in the footsteps of the great Shepherd, is a very serious calling and one I do not take lightly. As I consider the long journey that has led us all to this point, I am in awe of God’s faithfulness and give Him praise and glory for all He has done and will do in and through our lives. May the joy of the Lord and His specific providence over our lives be your sufficient strength today!

I also want to keep you updated on our move to Maryland so that you can continue to pray for our family during this time of transition. We have had a very blessed but busy week moving most of my books from West Virginia to my office, getting situated in our temporary housing at my in-laws in Glen Burnie, and looking at multiple houses in and around the Bowie area. Our home in West Virginia is under contract, for which we greatly praise the Lord, and our realtor says that we should be going to closing around the first or second week of January. The next two weeks will be busy as we travel back and forth from Maryland multiple times both to celebrate Christmas with family as well as to continue packing up our home in West Virginia. Our family is excited to begin worshipping with you on Sunday, January 3rd , and I am planning on being in the office starting Monday the 4th Lord willing.

As exciting as these days are for all of us, I want you know that all of this falls short when compared to the marvelous birth of our Lord! It is ultimately because God sacrificially sent His Son, and His Son humbly accepted His mission of being born to die that all of these ministry plans and praises are even possible. I pray that the busyness of all of our lives and even our church during both this season and this time of transition will not overshadow the celebration and heartfelt contemplation of the greatest gift ever given. I encourage you to take some time and consider the words of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, found in Luke 1:67-79. Remember, he was not able to speak for nine months, and he was a very old man who had never had the blessing of children (Lk 1:5-24). What would he say when he was finally given his speech eight days after the birth of his son (Lk 1:57-66)? He would ultimately and primarily praise God for the coming birth of the long awaited Messiah! The focus of his prophecy is not the life of his son, but the coming of his Lord! Zechariah did not allow the joy of the new and miraculous birth of his son to overshadow the greater blessing of the coming of the Christ. May we also allow the wonder of the Prince of Peace to permeate our hearts and homes this Christmas.

Yours for the Master,

Pastor Matt White

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