My mom absolutely loves having a Christmas tree. I can remember as a child on the day after Thanksgiving going out, not to shop, but to pick up a tree. Then we would spend all day stringing the lights on it and hanging ornaments together. She’d rearrange the living room furniture so that it was in just the perfect spot for us to be able to enjoy it from every angle. What I remember most about the tree though, was sitting on her lap in front of the tree. We had a rocking chair that she would place just in front of the tree, and along with a cup of hot cocoa, my sister and I would climb into her lap and she’d read us the Christmas story. Sometimes we’d be really engaged and ask questions, other times, the hot cocoa would put us right to sleep. But, what I truly appreciate so much are those precious moments in time that we shared.
As we reflect back on what Scott preached about on Sunday and think about how we look at time, I wonder if there might be more places in our lives when we could take the time to make a memory. It doesn’t have to be something extravagant, it could be as simple as reading the Christmas story in front of the tree, but it can make an impression on your life for years and years to come. When I think about the Christmas story, I can still hear it being told through my mother’s voice, and I wonder, what thing might you or the ones you love like to remember and how might you make those moments more prevalent in your life? With the eve of the new year upon us, I wonder if you might make a resolution this year to pay attention to the time you spend and make more memories.