From the Pastor
Since I’m a new grandma and I love coffee, this little story made me smile….
“A grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom there were three of those little green army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are the army men doing in my coffee?" Her grandson replied, "Grandma, it says on TV, ’The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!’” :) As Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darnedest things!” But I’ve discovered that’s often true of adults as well.
Maybe someone you know is known for their cringe-worthy comments. Personally, I’ve been known to stick my foot in my mouth or make an awkward comment on more than one occasion – hope it wasn’t to you! But what we do with those slights, offenses and hurt feelings is really important. Do you work through them and then let them go, or do you lug them around like a familiar piece of luggage? And luggage, especially when its packed full of hurt, is such a burden to carry around, isn’t it? But, if you’re looking to lighten the load, the season of hope, peace, joy and love is the perfect time! After all, Jesus wasn’t just a cute little baby in a manger, he is the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace – who’s come to heal and restore, to redeem and to reconcile, our lives and our relationships. That means tossing out the old hurts and the painful past – but not the pain-in-the neck family member! It’s not always easy, but this Christmas season, I want to promote the hope, peace, love and joy of Christ in my own life and relationships. How about you, friends? It feels pretty good to walk a little lighter!
Wishing you “peace on earth, good will toward all”,