The Value of Traditions
Do you have fond memories of traditions in your family?
When our boys were young I’d often wake them by saying this verse aloud, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) Now that we’re empty nesters, Ann and I recite Scripture upon waking up and going to bed. We take turns going back and forth in longer passages. Often, we rely on the prompting of one another. We started this about a year ago with verses in Lamentations 3. More recently, Colossians 3. It begins: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-4) It’s a great way to start and end each day!
Traditions are priceless. Repeated over time, they imprint the heart and mind of those you hold dear. They link you to memories which can be recalled throughout life. You’ll build security and strengthen family bonds with positive traditions. They’ll enrich and draw everyone closer together. Be intentional about building traditions rooted in the Word of God. Bible reading, scripture memory, and participation in church activities are vital. Set the example for young ones by your dedication to Bible study, your small group or Sunday School class. Traditions at Christmas might include advent readings, an empty manger filled with a doll on Christmas morning, food, music, giving and serving others. Be intentional this Christmas. You’ll bring joy and build sweet memories.
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