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Establishing Traditions

Establishing Traditions

These are the Lord ’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times.”
—LEVITICUS 23:4

One of my favorite family traditions growing up was going to my grandparents’ house on Sunday nights. They lived about twenty minutes away from us, and each Sunday, we’d load up our car and head to their house for dinner. We’d share a meal and then sit in their living room and talk. It wasn’t anything fancy, but this weekly rhythm had a lasting impact on me.

Traditions can be powerful and practical ways for families to pass on values, celebrate important events, or create memories. Most often, traditions are associated with different holidays. We can be intentional as a family, just as God’s people were in the past, about establishing traditions that have spiritual meaning.

One of my favorite family traditions growing up was going to my grandparents’ house every Sunday night! As we approach a New Year, there is no better time to ponder the traditions you would like to begin with your own family. Traditions can be powerful and practical ways for families to pass on values, celebrate important events, or create memories. What traditions will you establish in the New Year?

In the Old Testament book of Leviticus, God commanded His people to observe a series of seven feasts. These became annual traditions, filled with feasting, celebrating, offering sacrifices, and at times, confessing sins. Each of these traditions was primarily meant to pass along, from generation to generation, truths about who God is and what God had done. These were yearly opportunities for God’s people to refocus on His love, truth, and faithfulness. These feasts also pointed to what Jesus would one day do for all people.

Traditions, simple or elaborate, can leave a lasting imprint. Simple traditions may not always seem like much to us, but they can be a lasting legacy for our children. What are some simple and practical traditions that you can create for your family? More importantly, how can these yearly practices be used to pass on faith? How can your family traditions continue to point your kids toward who Jesus is and all that He has done?

Father, I confess that it is easy to forget all You have done. Help me remember Your goodness and faithfulness. As I create traditions in my family, use them to help pass on faith to my kids and grandkids. In Jesus’ name, amen.

What family tradition had the most impact on you when you were growing up? Why was it so significant? What is one way you can begin establishing family traditions in your home? I’d love to hear!

Excerpted with permission from The Better Mom Devotional, copyright Ruth Schwenk.

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