Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 44
December 21, 2020
A Tradition With A Twist
For decades one of our deacons has been making Christmas Deacon ornaments. These are made as members order them. It is a fine tradition and my tree displays every ornament for the past fourteen years. They look wonderful and the money from these ornament sales go toward our deacons fund. Each of these have been different designs from hearts to candy canes to angels. This year the ornaments are a not quite the same as any other.
This year, reflecting the Corona times that we live in, have a very special message. They are in the shape of a ribbon with many colors; white, rainbow, black and red. Each color pays tribute to something or someone that we are grateful for in this time of death and illness.
The white is for the first responders and essential workers.
The rainbow is a sign of peace and hope for the future.
The black is in memory of many lives lost.
The red is for faith that God will help us through it all.
These words were written by Deacon Barbara who created these ornaments. I really don’t have anything to add to these fine words. I will simply thank Barbara for these ornaments. Each year, when I put mine on the tree I will remember this hard year as I mourn those who I lost and show gratitude for those who served me during this time. Of course I will be grateful for surviving the plague.
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