Christmas memories, how are yours? I think about many of our Christmas memories with such fondness and grateful for the family God has given me. Ingrid blessed our family with many of the traditions that she grew up with—the celebration of Advent (calendars, songs, stories, candles and the like), reading the Christmas story from Luke 2, having a birthday cake for Jesus and more.
I didn’t grow up in a traditional Christian family so all we basically did for Christmas was open presents and go to church. Needless to say, I absolutely loved incorporating these traditions in our family together and creating some new ones as well (cutting down our Christmas Tree, Christmas farm activities, making Christmas desserts and even Matzah ball soup (not exactly ‘Christmassy’ but fun nonetheless).
As you may or may not have heard, our family is growing with another grandchild (and this one looks to be our first grandson). We are very excited to add this new baby to the family and, Lord-willing, bring him up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). Our family is evolving and, as the Scriptures remind us, “To whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48). Our goal, as a family, is to bring honor and glory to the Lord for which we were created (Rev. 4:11). While it’s never too late to start a new tradition, modify an older one, or simply pray about what God would want you to do with your family, the key is to remember that we exist to glorify Him.
Especially during this Christmas season, let us seek to become more like Christ. As Paul wrote to the believers in Col. 1:15-23 we need to be the “visible representatives of the invisible God.” Why? Because Christ has redeemed us and we can celebrate that not only at Christmas but also for eternity!
Let’s make some memories that will be around for the generations that are coming after us! In the wonderful words of Charles Studd, “Only one life 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last.”