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A Tradition of Love This Christmas

17 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on A Tradition of Love This Christmas
A Tradition of Love This Christmas
 

I love the Christmas season
and the traditions that come with it.

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Every year, the day after Thanksgiving our family wakes up early in the morning to get our Christmas tree, come home to make skinny pancakes (a Norwegian tradition of my husbands) and decorate our home all day long. We crash in the evening to watch a Christmas movie while eating Christmas cookies and laughing about past decorating fiascoes. It is my favorite and most anticipated day of the year.

I love to hear other families’ traditions and Christmas memories as well. We all have a story and most of us have beautiful traditions that bring laughter and positive memories.

Not all Traditions bring Joy

However, I am also reminded of the pain that many face this time of year and the ugly traditions that many families endure. I was meeting with a family the other week to talk about how we could walk alongside of them during this season. When we asked the daughter, a shy kindergartener, about what she would like for Christmas she asked that her Mommy would be able to come home (The mother is serving a sentence in prison). Every year she asks for Mommy. Every year, she is disappointed. This has been her tradition for most of her life. Her tradition brings her personal heartache and agony.

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We know there are people in the ministries where we serve who may be suffering. There may be financial sufferings where families can’t afford gifts or a special meal, or possibly the loss of a loved one who will not be joining the family traditions.

God demonstrated genuine love when he sent His one Son to earth. He knew that love meant allowing us to be forgiven, to be freed from our chains and to be brought into relationship with Him. His Son brought healing, hope and joy.

My one and single encouragement for eac h of us this year is to slow down, pray and observe those around us who need reminded of this genuine love or who need this genuine love for their lives.

This could look different for all of us. It could mean inviting someone in to join in our family traditions. It could be to bless someone who is struggling financially. God knows and observes those around us who need to be touched by His hands and feet. May we be able to slow down enough to see those who could use encouragement, care, and genuine love.

Merry Christmas everyone!

We are blessed and honored to be in this journey along with you. If you have a tradition of your own or a story of someone you were able to reach this year- we would love to hear it!

 

Meredith Dahl
Executive Directory at Cross Connection Ministries
Meredith is the Executive Director of Cross Connection Ministries in New Holland, PA. She has received a Bachelor of Science in Student Ministry and a Master of Arts in Ministry (Concentration in Student Ministry) from Lancaster Bible College. Meredith and her husband live in New Holland with their baby boy Liam and love living, working and volunteering in their community.