It is hard to believe that another year has rolled around. Ruth and I want to thank all of you who have faithfully read the blog and contacted us through either comments or by email for your support and encouragement this past year.

We know that it has been a very difficult year for a number of our readers because you’ve either talked to us, emailed or commented about those difficulties. We wish we had all the answers and could produce the results that you long for, but of course we can’t. We just continue to try and be faithful to Jesus and the best encouragement that we can be for you. Only God can answer our prayers and bring change to the circumstances we find ourselves struggling with. Regardless of how much we suffer and hurt, we know in our hearts that Jesus is always with us.

For those of you who are new to this blog let me tell you how thebeggardanced.com began. I had never written a blog or read a blog before beginning this one. In fact writing these posts every two days was furthest from my mind, but I believe God had other plans. One morning I awoke with a start. My mind was flooded with the thought that I was to write a blog and the blog was to be for people who need encouragement because of the problems they face on a daily basis. The first thing I did was wake Ruth and tell her what I believed God was calling us to do. Ruth could tell I was serious and she agreed to help.

A few days later, with the help of our friend Cindy, we posted the first blog.

The Beggar Danced is based on the story of the man who couldn’t walk but was healed at the gate called Beautiful as recorded in the book of Acts. Alternative readings say that he not only leaped and jumped through the temple but that he danced through the temple in praise and thanksgiving for what God had done for Him.

The story fit perfectly with what I believed this blog was to be about – hope, praise and thanksgiving. In my own life I had been away from God for 16 years and had just come back to God when we began the blog so I felt it spoke to me about my own need of God.

Each post is directed at myself because I need the lessons, insights and encouragement that I pray come through these writings. I pray that you enjoy and are benefited from them as well.

I want to wish you each a Merry Christmas and thank you once again for taking this journey with us. And if in any small way this blog has helped then it has all been worth it for us. I pray that God blesses you throughout the rest of this year and gives you a wonderful 2015. And for all the friends we have made through these posts, thanks for your love and encouraging words.

God bless – Ladd & Ruth

* Tomorrow is Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Christ.  Many of our fellow believers who are suffering for their faith are from the actual region of  where Jesus was born. We would be amiss if we didn’t pray for their safety and  deliverance from their persecution. Go to   http://thebeggardanced.com/nine-oclock-club/   to find some of their stories.