This season brings back so many memories of Christmas past. Childhood memories with my parents and sisters; adult memories of when our children were at home. Those memories are a treasure that I cherish as I remember what used to be. They were the relationships that shaped me and they are the heritage that I take with me on this journey. And I am grateful for these memories.
This season will be different for many of us. The realities of this world-wide crisis will mean that many of our normal events and celebrations will be curtailed. With all that will be different, I am grateful for the Advent Wreath and its reminder of the gifts that Christ brings this season. As in previous years, we need Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. May you receive these wonderful gifts as we anticipate the entrance of the Christ Child into our lives.