Our 2012 annual letter

Dear children, grandchildren and friends:

Greetings in the Name of our Wonderful Lord.

Yes, it is true, the years seem to go faster and faster. Norma and I did not travel much this year at all. The greatest distance was to my hometown of Thief River Falls where we still have family. We did go up a few times to the two Bible camps near Bemidji where we are still involved.

Counting the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and spouses, we have a family of 30 plus. One grandson with his wife and two children live in New Hampshire where she teaches at the University. He is a physics engineer. All of the others live in the Twin Cities area. This is really special. We get to see some week by week. Since we left our big house two years ago, we no longer have the big family get-togethers. We lived there 50+ years. We do like our senior condo.

The jail ministry is still a favorite. It was 64 years ago, when I was a freshman in Bible College, that I first tasted of it. It's such a blessing to see people come to the Lord or come back and rededicate their lives. Although still involved in the police, fire and city chaplaincy, we have been backing off little by little the last few years. After 36 years we write the Suburban Review Newspaper Chaplain's Corner bi-weekly instead of weekly. We still have some involvement with the local food shelf. We are blessed to be involved in a good church.

It is easy in our busy schedules to neglect spiritual and eternal things. Many read through the Bible in a year with Bible reading schedules that are available. It probably makes little difference which one we use. The important thing is to do it. I have used the same one for more than 40 years. Most years I have finished reading through. This along with scripture memorization and teaching three Bible studies a week is a real blessing.

All that I can say is to not neglect being involved in a good church, spending time in the Bible and prayer. God will give us opportunities to serve Him

For the 2012 Club, Dec. 31 takes us to Malachi 4 and Revelation 22.

We can do it.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.

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