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Advent Blog- When you lay it down… leave it there.

This was my first Christmas as an appointed Pastor so I tried to simplify the Christmas chaos and make room for duties at church.   One of the activities that I “laid down” was baking (more like cooking of any kind, lol).  The beautiful thing that emerged was my daughters  taking over in the kitchen.  My daughter, Blair baked goodies that I handed out as gifts and even my signature Christmas Yule Log was made by my daughter, Laynie.  Still, two days before Christmas I couldn’t help myself.  I went into the kitchen to make some deluxe sugar cookies (my compromise would be no icing and a basic cutter)  and chocolate clusters, a recipe from my sister that is the easiest Christmas treat you can make.  I quickly learned that “when you lay it down….do NOT try to pick it back up.”    Because I had not been baking during the holiday, the traditional staples of the kitchen were simply not there.   Who doesn’t have confectioner’s sugar? (answer:  someone who doesn’t cook).   And I suppose my endless supply of wax paper and parchment paper did indeed find an “end” after the last holiday.  The deluxe sugar cookies were a disaster and I ended up chipping the clusters off a plate not covered in wax paper.  I heard that voice deep inside saying:  “ Step away from the kitchen.”  I did and realized that when I laid down baking…my daughters picked it up.   There was a great sweetness to be savored eating and sharing the cookies, cakes and candies they made.

I had saved my energy for a Pastor’s Christmas Eve and believe me I needed it.  The 11 pm service was way past my bedtime and it was the final of 6 services that day. Still, there was much to be savored.   Standing at the altar with my good friend and mentor Pastor Jeff Nelson, we held candles and sang Silent Night.   I looked out on the congregation filled with people whom I love and serve as they, too held their candles and sang.  “Sleep in heavenly Peace; sleep in heavenly Peace.”   My heart was full.  It was amazing and wonderful and….Simply Christmas.

Grace and Peace and Merry Christmas

Pastor Myra Moreland

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