December 5, 2010, is a day I remember well. Two years ago, my honey, Joan, went to Heaven. Heaven is a wonderful place and I think a lot about it. What a hope for all of us who believe Jesus died on the cross and rose again that third day. We will celebrate one day with our Lord.
We had a perfect Tree Lighting ceremony here at the office on her homegoing anniversary. Last year, we brought Joan’s Christmas tree from home to the office to celebrate each year by lighting it for all to share. She always looked forward to decorating the tree each year. It was so beautiful in our living room with all the ornaments, angels, crosses and lights.
No, we are not trying to make Joan a saint, but we are trying to make sure that her legacy lives on. We want you to know just how much she meant to Premier. She loved each of you and I know you could feel her love. Her mission in Premier was to make sure that each of us knew to Keep It Personal. She was always doing something to make sure she was keeping it personal too. She was greatly loved and will always be remembered.
It was so great to celebrate her life and impact with some of her family, closest friends and area Premier Family on December 5th. It really was a special day of remembrance. Yes, she is missed, but we will never forget the role she played in Premier.
This Christmas let us remember, as Joan always did, to put our focus on our Savior who came down at Christmas time. The Bible’s account of the first Christmas begins with Joseph, as he travels to Bethlehem, trusting in God for a safe journey for Mary and a safe delivery for the baby. It ends with Mary, who “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19), and the shepherds, who praised God because everything happened “just as they had been told” (Luke 2:20). The miracle of the first Christmas has made its way into human hearts. It was a miracle meant for faith, as summarized in Titus 2:11-14, “The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all people.”
From all of us here at the Home Office, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a special time with your family. We thank you for all you do and want you to know that “We really
God is good,
Co-Founder & CSO
Andy shared Christmas memories of Joan at the second annual lighting of her Christmas tree at the Home Office.
Guests joined in singing Christmas carols.
Diamond Executive Director Elizabeth Draper reads from Joan’s Keeping It Personal devotional book.