December 19

In just a few days, on Christmas morning, we will begin the day like we have for as long as I can remember. Before we head downstairs, we will find one of the kids’ old children’s bibles and read the Christmas story. Then we will make them wait at the top of the stairs and snap a few pictures before we let them glimpse the gifts under the tree. If we are extremely lucky, we might even eat breakfast together as a family before we tackle the mountain of gifts! Gina and I started this tradition years ago because we wanted the kids to know that Christmas is about more than just unwrapping presents. Instead of rushing downstairs to rip open the boxes like the Tasmanian Devil, we wanted them to slow down and appreciate the moment and not get lost in the madness of stuff. Sometimes traditions can help us remember what’s important. Are traditions an endangered species? In the frantic pace of today’s world, are traditions the collateral damage of our giga-speed lives? And if traditions are going the way of the Dodo, what’s at stake?

As a species, I believe we have a rich history of traditions. In the Christian faith we read about traditions that have been passed down for generations. Some groups hold to these traditions better than others, and for those who observe these ancient and sacred rites, they passed them down so that future generations would know, remember, and pass on to their kids and grandchildren the things that are important and remind them of who they are. I guess if traditions do die out, we are destined to lose a lot. What are your traditions? What are the things that you do to help you remember who you are and what’s important? What are those traditions that were passed down from your grandparents and great grandparents? What stories are held inside those ancient practices that you hope your kids and grandkids will share and tell one day? Are we carrying on that legacy?

It can be difficult to slow down. We worry about falling behind or missing out, but if our defiance to slowing down leads to the death of our traditions, we stand to lose far more than falling behind or missing out, we may forget who we are. So, this Christmas resurrect those traditions that you practiced as a kid. If you are short on traditions, start one of your own. These traditions aren’t meant to hold us back, rather they help us slow down and remember what’s important. They connect us to our past and we pass them on to our children. In a world that seems to speed-up daily, may we hold on to and remember what’s important. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

Last Published: December 18, 2018 5:15 PM