Dear Honey Run Friends,
As I write this, we are preparing for the first statewide snowstorm of the year. The Christmas decorations are going up at The Inn as we speak, and with the possibility of some snow accumulation, I am in full Christmas mode. Yes, this year is different with the pandemic, but it is also the same. The sound of Christmas music in the background, the lights adorning houses and trees, and the celebration of the birth of Jesus have not gone away with COVID-19.
May I share what Advent and Christmas season mean to me? I know many of you do not share my Christian faith, and I do not share this with any intent of belittling your beliefs or as a statement that my beliefs are superior. Truth be told, we all believe our beliefs are the right ones. But I share this solely as my life experience and faith. Christmas is the celebration of when God came to live on earth with us and to redeem us from our shortcomings through Jesus. It’s that simple and that powerful. For me, having a God who cares enough for us and is humble enough to walk as I walk (minus my imperfections) makes all the difference in my life. Yes, the cultural traditions excite my senses and warm my heart, but they are not the entire story. These outward blessings point me toward and remind me of what I see as the only reason for this season – my God arriving on earth in human form to walk with me.
I pray that this Christmas season brings you great joy in whatever you celebrate. I pray for each of you a healthy, safe, and joyful season as we close out this year of 2020 and look forward to the blessings that are in store for us in 2021. Please know that I am aware of all the suffering that is currently facing the world. I am aware that lives are cut short each day due to violence and disease. But rather than focus on the suffering part of life, I choose to focus on the living part of life. And while the living portion may be longer or shorter depending on our time allotted, we all have an opportunity to live. How we use this precious time is up to us. I pray you appreciate the gift of your life and know the inner joy in your soul that I experience. Life, no matter the length, is a gift.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year blessings to you all!
Your grateful Innkeeper,
17 responses to “Letter from Jason – December 2020”
This is beautiful, Jason!! Thank you for saying the exact words that my mind and heart are thinking!!! Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and wonderful 2021!
Wishing you and the entire staff at Honey Run a very Merry Christmas. May you be blessed with guests who truly appreciate what you do. Stay well. My family and friends share many happy memories from our many happy times at The Inn.
My husband and I share your love of Advent, Christmas & Christ! Thank you for always sharing from your heart in these letters. They are a bright spot in our day. We were at the Inn in September for our anniversary and look forward to returning, hopefully soon. Enjoy Christmas together with family & friends.
Robin & Russ
Jason…I love that we share the faith of our Lord Jesus….I just love advent and the anticipation of celebrating the birth of our Savior who came so that we would have life eternally.
May you, too, find His presence walking with you each day bringing you closer to Him.
We are looking forward to sharing our time at the Inn hopefully in the spring. (We had to cancel in October)
Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours.
Love your comments Jason. I currently work part-time as a licensed professional clinical counselor and I am seeing the toll stress and anxiety are taking on/ in people’s marriages and lives. My background as a retired pastor has allowed people to share where their hope is being found in these difficult days. For many that hope is found in their faith. May the joy of this season be found in the real message and meaning of Christmas, the love of our heavenly Father. My wife and I have many fond memories of the Inn . We look forward to a the time we can visit again.. Thank you for the warm Christmas greeting.
Thank you for your message of faith. I, too, am a Christian and am filled with hopeful optimism for this day and the coming year. Although I live in South Carolina now, I still forward your emails to my Ohio friends and family to keep them informed of the Inn at Honey Run.
Peace and blessings in 2021,
Thank you for your continuing heartfelt sentiments. Your letters are inspiring, thoughtful, and a peaceful time in my day. Bless you and yours during this holiday season.
I too share your sentiments. CHRIST is the true gift. I keep looking at the website hoping for the day my husband and I can come for a vacation.
Jesus is what life is all about for me. His glory shines through darkness. His love is perfect. Thank you for sharing Him today and may He continue to bless you with Himself.
This Man i met
He called my name
He gave me love
He took my shame
He left me here
Oh, but not alone
His Spirit speaks
He leads me home
Nothing do i bring
A wretch am i
Of Him i sing
i miss Him still
He holds my heart
My soul’s truest lover
Jesus, Thou art
Thank you for focusing us on Him when the voices around us are so loud. My husband and I are coming next week to the Inn…our Christmas present to each other. We can’t wait!
So wonderful to read your glad tidings of Christs’ birth. So refreshing to know that you share our beliefs. Thank you for your letter.
We had to cancel our November reservations to celebrate our 30th anniversary but we will be there again in the spring. We have spent many of our anniversary’s there and have enjoyed the peace and tranquillity so much.
May you have a blessed Christmas.
We always look forward to your letters. Our faith is very important to us,
as it is to you. We have been coming to the Inn for twenty plus years. I call it renewing my soul. It is home away from home.Thank you and your staff for always making our stay special. We had to cancel our reservations in Oct. Merry Christmas to you and your staff. Hope to see you in the Spring.
Bill and Martine Bennett
We always thank GOD for this time of year to celebrate the birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
HE truly is the reason for this season and may we all experience HIS matchless peace in our lives.
We will be spending our 54th anniversary at our favorite Inn, a couple days before Christmas, and are very much looking forward to our visit. We started coming to the Inn at Honey Run in 1987 and have enjoyed it every time we are able. It has always provided a special reconnection time for us to our SAVIOR and each other.
You and your staff always make our time there a time we will remember the rest of our lives.
May GOD BLESS you all and all HIS followers.
We love you all!
Carlton and Cheryl Buck
Amen!! Thank you for such a wonderful message!
Jason, I always look forward to reading your letters.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
We recently spent our 51st anniversary at the Inn. Our first visit and hopefully not our last. Your words were so beautiful for this special season to celebrate the birth of our Jesus. We wish you and your family and all the staff a very Blessed and Merry Christmas.
Payers for a Blessed and Merry Christmas to you, Bret and the rest of your wonderful staff at the Inn at Honey Run.
Love your letters and your place. Can’t wait to come more often.