December Message from CLD Rob Heare

It is hard to believe another year has gone by and we are approaching the Christmas season — a season that, for me, brings back many memories. I remember walking into my grandmother’s house and smelling the sugar cookies baking, and visiting family in western Maryland … sometimes going through a lot of snow.

Fast-forward a few years and I think about our being a young married couple expecting our first child. I remember that I was deer hunting with my dad when my uncle came to tell me that Abby had called and I was going to be a daddy. Then I think of the celebrations that we had when our children were young … and now those celebrations involve grandchildren. I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything!

However, I think sometimes we get caught up in the “good ole days” and neglect the blessing of today. A friend of mine used to say that THESE are the “good ole days”. I recently ran into a friend who was my Table Leader on Walk #39. We shared a lot of great memories. He shared how much Emmaus meant to his life. I invited him to put in an application to team and brought him up to date on what was going on. I share this, because how many times do we miss the opportunities God puts in front of us each day to share His Love?

“This is the day the Lord has made: we will rejoice and be glad in it” – Psalm 118:24

We have upcoming Walks in March: the R-130 Women’s Walk and R-131 Men’s Walk. I ask that you pray about whom God is calling you to give the opportunity to attend. I also encourage you to pray about submitting an application to team. Memories are awesome, but each day brings a new opportunity to create a memory. Let’s make 2019 the “good ole days” for Richmond Emmaus as we grow in Christ’s Love together!

I look forward to seeing you at Gathering on Dec. 8th. As I announced in November, we have been invited to attend the Celtic Christmas concert at Bethia UMC starting at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary. Gathering will follow, beginning with a covered-dish dinner.

I wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas —

God Bless,


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