Traditions, part II

Blocks, by Steve Lasher

Blocks, by Steve Lasher

  

I do miss not seeing the faces of those loved ones no longer living here on earth. They are missed incredibly more during holiday seasons and special events. It’s okay to recall those fond memories of days gone by, but not healthy to dwell on them to the exclusiveness of today’s living family members. We’re told in Philippians 4:13–14, “But one thing I do: Forget what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

When I linger too long on holidays past, I miss out on present blessings. I can take solace in the fact that today’s traditions with my own children and grandchildren become tomorrow’s fond memories for them and for me. And that’s the way my Mom and Steve’s Dad would want it to be!

How about you … is there a new tradition you can begin or an old one to continue with your children and grandchildren?

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2 Responses to Traditions, part II

  1. Terry DeBoer says:

    My family is traveling a new tradition “road” this year, as it will be the first Thanksgiving without my mother, who passed away last month. I’m uncertain exactly how things will go, but I know we will spend time sharing some good memories!

  2. Teresa says:

    I was thinking about you, Terry, and your family this Holiday season … without your mother’s presence. Spending time sharing the good memories is a good way to keep her with you in spirit. At Christmas, our centerpiece consists of lit larger pillar candles – one for my mom, one for his dad, and two for his 2 grandparents.

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