Links at your leisure: What happens to holiday traditions when you grow up? Michelle van Loon, Holiday Traditions, Under Construction “Especially around the Christmas season, we may recall the good ol’ days and simply long to return to the past. But as the passage from...
Links at your leisure:
What happens to holiday traditions when you grow up?
Michelle van Loon, Holiday Traditions, Under Construction
“Especially around the Christmas season, we may recall the good ol’ days and simply long to return to the past. But as the passage from Joshua reminds us, the best family rituals are touchstones, not destinations. We have to also be willing to move on and make our own traditions throughout the generations. Nostalgia alone is the emotional equivalent of a mug of steaming homemade cocoa with extra marshmallows. It’s delicious and heartwarming, but isn’t quite enough to sustain us when we’re doing the work of reconstruction.”
What we treasure matters:
John Richmond, We Get To Pick Our Treasures
“Like Mary, I think we get to decide what we will treasure up and ponder. There is no shortage of painful circumstances to which we can turn, but I have far fewer than young Mary had. It is up to me to elect the hopeful, good, and encouraging things.”
Learning to talk to God:
Karen Bables, Dialogue with God
“I thought about my desire as a Christian (and perhaps your desire) to listen to God in “God language” while I am actively thinking or speaking in “human language.” We always struggle with this concept – as if we have to detach from our human language to hear God language. When we read about Frank Laubach’s experiments in keeping in touch with God or Brother Lawrence’s extraordinary ability to go about his daily work and still be conversing with God, we think about how unusually gifted those men must have been and toss off the idea of “constant contact” with God as impossible in the 21st century.”
Advent isn’t the season for hurry-ers:
Virginia Stem Owens, Advent Hope: Redeeming Time
“We consider to be time wasted. We turn time into money by spending it. But time isn’t really money. Nor is it a commodity.
Time is, in fact, invaluable. Indeed, time is beyond any exchange rate. Perhaps we worry about wasting time because we know we cannot acquire or manufacture it.
But what we can do is redeem it.”
Christ never left Xmas:
Chandler Ragland, An Xmas Reflection
“Christians throughout time crafted these symbols intentionally and purposefully because they can communicate powerful messages of God’s truth and love. They are important pieces of our faith even today because they still carry their power if we’ll only let them. Unfortunately, I’m finding that many Christians are forgetting our traditions, our history, and our basic liturgical vocabulary. My assumption is that this is occurring because there is a lack of teaching occurring in many churches. Such a depletion allows for misinformation about our symbols to arise and spread. And there may be no other time in all of the year where this is more prevalent than during the Christmas season.”Share on Facebook Tweet This Pin This
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