Quotes About Christmas

Focusing on Love

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

December 27, 2016

#7) “Christmas — that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” – Augusta E. Rundel

The new year is almost here and another year has passed. Soon we will be taking down decorations, getting ready for another year, and reflecting on our choices. Reflection can be a powerful tool that will help us master our future decisions. I think every person alive wishes they could go back to a moment in time and hit the reset button. Of course, that’s impossible, but we can take an honest look at how we are going to live our lives moving forward. So, here is the question that I would like to ask, “What did we learn his year to make us a better person, Christian, friend, father, mother, etc.?” Let’s focus on the last sentence of the quote as we reflect:

The last sentence says Christmas is “a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” The greatest memories that most of us have is when someone loved us unconditionally, or we showed unconditional love. Here are a few moments from this year and past years that I will cherish forever.

Family traditions I love:

  • The whole family setting up our Charlie Brown Christmas tree with all the ornaments from 49 years of life.
  • Coming up with funny sayings on the gift tags. Here are a couple examples: ‘From Pasha To Masha’ and ‘From Big Dog To Big Mama.’
  • Our boys helping their mother make dinner for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
  • A new tradition Maria started this year was getting all of her ‘daughters’ the same gift from a special store.
  • A new tradition I started this year: I watched the movie It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time, and, from now on, I am going to watch it every year.

Love is fragile and you can lose it in an instant. It happened to be this way for my wife this year where, in a span of six months, Maria lost both of her sisters. As I have observed Maria during this time, the only memories that mattered were the ones that made her smile or laugh. Life is shorter than we think, so get creative in making memories that last a lifetime.

– Pastor Paul


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