God is working, often behind the scenes. If you’re not paying close attention, you might not even realize He’s there.
I consider myself blessed to have many sweet childhood memories of spending the holidays with extended family at my Grandma & Grandpa’s house. So many aunts & uncles and cousins, all playing games, laughing, enjoying meals together and of course exchanging gifts. I especially remember waking up on Christmas morning to the incredible mixed aroma of coffee brewing, sausage frying & biscuits baking (btw, Grandma was from Arkansas). Christmas was always a little loud and crazy, but SO much fun! I couldn’t wait for the season to come around again.
Fast-forward about 40 years. Grandma and Grandpa are gone. Two of my uncles are gone. Most of my cousins are married and have kids, just like we do. I can’t believe how fast time goes, and how life forces the kid in you to grow up. But I know this world is temporary, and things change. If nothing changed, I probably wouldn’t have grown. I had no idea back then, but God was there behind the scenes, using my grandparents, my parents and others in my family to shape my character, to draw me closer to Him and to build my faith in Him. He has since blessed me with an incredible wife and children that continually inspire me the choices they make and by how they live and love those around them. He has placed us in a church with friends that really are family, some we’ve known for nearly 30 years!
So life is different now, but still so sweet. While I miss those celebrations at Grandma’s house, I wouldn’t really want to go back even if I could. They’re sweeter as memories. Christmas traditions in this season of my life are… wait a second…
They’re about OUR kids spending time with THEIR grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins, creating sweet memories as they draw closer to God and grow stronger in their faith!
Huh. I didn’t see that coming!
Read and Discuss:
Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 20-25
Why was it important for parents in Israel to teach their kids about what their people had experienced?
Why are holiday traditions important to hand on?
How has God worked in your life, and why is that important to tell your kids about?