Dear Friends in Christ:
“His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” -Luke 2:51b
What stories do you treasure? This month we read the story of the boy Jesus “lost” but not really lost in the temple. As the story concludes we are told that Mary treasured these things. I love that! I believe that Mary had to have been a source for the author of this story.
It’s interesting though, that Mary treasured this particular story because it wasn’t the best of stories. In our day the parents would have been in trouble for “losing” their child. Can you imagine the stress and fear they experienced when they discovered he was not with the caravan? Yet Mary this incident was among the stories that Mary treasured. I’ll talk more about it on Sunday (1/3). Meanwhile I am pondering the stories that we treasure.
As we start a new year ,and join many in the world in a collective “good riddance” to 2020, I am wondering what stories we can treasure. What have we learned about ourselves? What small joys did we experience? What do we have to be grateful for?
I am grateful that our congregation has shown resiliency in the midst of struggle. I am thankful that through technology we have continued to worship and we’ve even been blessed with people joining us in worship who would not be able to do so in person. Some of my treasured stories of 2020 will be about worship…the things that worked and the need to laugh about the things that didn’t work quite so well.
Whatever stories you treasure from that past year are stories worth sharing! Please send me you stories as I love to hear them. Yours, mine, and our collective stories are also reminders that we can get through difficulty. We can remember this as we are still working our way through the pandemic.
Yours in Christ,