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The other day I met a friend at the mall for lunch. After lunch, we strolled through several stores admiring the beautiful Christmas decorations. The mall was very festive with the music and sparkling glitter of the season. Together we shared some of our childhood memories. I shared with her my memory as a young girl shopping with my parents in our city and hearing the Christmas music over the loudspeakers.
As we were admiring the beautiful tree ornaments for sale in one store, she said, “Sometimes I think it would be nice to get all new tree ornaments, but the new ones wouldn’t have memories.” I agreed with her. Each year, as I get out the tree ornaments, I have happy memories from the past. I find the salt dough angels and snowmen I painted with my sons about 35 years ago. The four angel ornaments one of my sons received remind me of when he was a special character in a Christmas production. Each ornament represents a person, a place, or a time. The ornaments on our trees give nostalgic reminders of cherished memories.
What kind of memories do you recall during the Christmas season? Are they about the warm and cozy family times you shared, baking cookies with your grandmother … or are they of the conflicts you experienced? Often people dread their family gatherings because of negative memories. We read in Proverbs 10:7 “The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” As we walk with the Lord and invest in our relationship with Him, we will be demonstrating to others that He is our refuge and strength and our help in times of trouble. Our family and friends will remember what they see in the way we live our lives.
During this Christmas season, ask yourself, “What kind of memory would God want me to leave with those whom I come in contact with? What kind of a Christmas legacy am I leaving with my family?” One of the greatest gifts we can give our family and friends are the memories of how we love and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, show me practical ways in which I can leave the memory of a woman who loves and obeys the Lord and who attracts others to Him. Help me to be mindful of what memories I am making with others this Christmas. Amen.
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Questions: What kind of memory would you like to leave with others? Perhaps you would like to initiate a new heart – warming memory this Christmas, what would you like that to be?
About this Author Lillian Penner
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