19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
I was working the jewelry counter at a major department store last week and found myself helping a older woman with a diamond bracelet. She was having a time getting the clasp open, so I helped. As I was opening the lobster clasp, I said: “You know… this is what husbands are for.” She responded: “I know. But my husband of 30 years died three years ago. He used to buy me a piece of jewelry every Christmas. This is his gift to me this year.” I told her I was sorry for her loss, she told me not to be. She had a wonderful marriage and hadn’t celebrated Christmas much since his passing, but it was time to celebrate again.
I mentioned something about Janine and how we were going out to eat and then go home and watch a sappy Christmas movie. She laughed and then she got very serious. She looked we straight in the eye and said deliberately: “Treasure these moments.”
A helpful reminder this time of year.