It’s that time of year again. The time that we begin unpacking our Christmas decorations. Box after box, and each is filled with stuff. As we pull out and stack the boxes, we begin to anticipate the unpacking process. I don’t know about you, but I usually begin by anticipating the struggle of untangling those many strings of lights, tossing the trampled and trashing the broken, as well as the tedious task of re-fluffing the flattened. Yet, in the middle of the work of unpacking, as each piece is unveiled, we begin to remember the moments of love and the joy. As the wrapping is removed we get that joyful feeling deep down in our hearts. With each box we open, we are not only opening that storage box full of Christmas decorations, we are also opening our hearts to our stored memories. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” Cherished memories and moments are scattered around, about and within each and every container. Decorations made by young hands that are now holding their own young ones hands. Memories of moments filled with joyful wonder and love all tangled up in wrapping paper and ribbons. Laughing and giggling and shouting out loud; all the wonderment and wonderful undiluted sounds of hope, love and joy. Memories of celebrating the birth of Jesus with loved ones who have gone before us, and the anticipation of new memories to come. Each of these and more are opened as we rummage through each and every box. As we journey through the unpacking and unwrapping process, may these cherished memories fill our hearts with love. May the love, faith and hope found in this year’s celebration of Christ’s birthday be filled with new memories that will be added to next year’s boxes of stored memories.