Hark the Herald Angels SingOlive Tree Bible Software employees and their guests gathered last night for our second annual Christmas party. Overlooking the lights of Spokane and with fresh cranberries floating in our punch glasses, we enjoyed an evening of food and activities.

The evening began with a fun mixer and time to catch up and talk together. Drew Haninger, company president, opened our dinner with prayer and a reading from Isaiah 9:6-7. After getting our food, two employees read the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke and another employee treated us with a reading from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

During dinner, we enjoyed delicious food and conversation around seven tables. After dinner and dessert, we had a white elephant gift exchange with many clever gifts, lots of good-natured stealing, and frequent bursts of laughter. Perhaps the most popular gift was a pair of plush toy Angry Birds. And with the number of Starbucks gift cards in the gift exchange, our staff should be wired and ready for the push of the Christmas season.

As we finished the night by singing Joy to the World and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, we were reminded of our privilege as a Bible software company to be a part of proclaiming the Gospel message with the angels of heaven:

 

“Don’t be afraid…I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today…Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 

Luke 2: 10-11,14  NLT

From the staff at Olive Tree Bible Software, we pray that the Word of God, in both the form of Scripture and Christ himself, Emmanuel, would dwell richly in your hearts this season.