Pastor Debbie's E Spire - December 19, 2019

I have a couple of close friends from over the years. Our friendship has been able to endure beyond distance and moves, marriage and kids. We check-in and talk here and there...texting more than talking most times. But on the holidays, there's a little extra needed. Some of us have hard family situations. At this point they're not surprising or unexpected, they're the same difficult family members we've struggled with before...but we need extra support for the holiday. One nitpicks. One always arrives late. One isn't ever happy with the gifts or the food, or the whatever. Some deal with (or rather don't deal with...) mental illness. You get it. I'd like it if our families were perfect. But they're not. They're human. And, truth be told, I'm human too, and I'm sure I have my own quirks and habits that drive them just as crazy.

The point is, those special friends know just how to hold space to help us vent, take a deep breath, and go back in with a smile on our face. They get us. They sympathize with our frustration, and they hold us accountable to rise above and offer our best selves.

This week in worship we will be looking at moving from scared to sacred in terms of our relationships. We acknowledge that the holidays can be tough--and we know that there are ways to find blessings and solidarity despite it all. As you look at your calendar for the next few days, have you dedicated some time to see the people you're excited to spend time with? Or at least carved out time to check in by phone? Offer some support and encouragement and be encouraged yourself?

If you haven't yet, I hope you do!

We hope to see you Sunday for worship at 10:30 or Christmas Eve at either 4:30 or 7 pm.

Merry Christmas,
Pastor Debbie

 

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