Pastors' Weekly Message: From Pastor Pat

No matter how old I get, there are some things about Christmas I just can’t forget:
  • Christmas Eve’s spent with our Great Aunt Grace waiting for the update on Santa’s itinerary.
  • The kitchen filled with tins of cookies baked by my mom beginning the day after Thanksgiving. 
  • That time Santa somehow gave all of our stuff to my sister... who claimed even my brother's gifts as her own (sorry sis).
  • My first Christmas with my daughters and then my grands.

So many memories of Christmas.

Christmas can evoke a multitude of memories, some pleasant, some painful. With each memory comes the opportunity to re-live it, but we are unable to recreate it. We hold fast to those memories, especially when the rest of everything certain seems to have slipped from our grasp.

But our memories also open the pathway to make new memories. Memories are the mental and emotional snapshots of lived experience. Each day is an opportunity to create memories, some to hold and others to share.

This Christmas may we create new memories: memories that will hold us in difficult times; memories that will refresh us; memories that will inspire us to keep living, keep laughing, and keep loving.

May you make beautiful memories this Christmas season. 

-- Pastor Pat