|My angels, a dwarf, and a honeymoon memory.|
One of my favorite sets of ornaments to adorn our tree is the little plastic group of the seven dwarfs. My husband's family had a tradition of giving all the kids a Christmas ornament each year. My husband's parents were both school teachers, and they would get odd jobs during the school break in order to buy presents. Not a lot of money could be spent on ornaments, but it was a tradition, and they made it a priority. So this simple, plastic ornament is a reminder of how his parents sacrificed in order to provide for their family. Now that we're parents, we have such a better perspective of the sacrifices both sets of parents made and how meaningful our childhood was. I love how family history grounds us and gives us a sense from where we've come. It gives a us a sense of belonging that each of us has embedded in the depths of our soul.
|Objects of old and new, dabbled in green and blue|
The most popular story this time of year is so familiar, that we forget that we are a part of the story, as well. We've let the story become irrelevant to our everyday existence. The narrative has lost its place as truth and has been replaced by feelings, individual choices and trends of the moment. The familiar story is about the birth of Christ, God made flesh! We set up the nativity scene, without remembering that the baby became a man crucified, whose body and blood cleanses and sustains us. Even His story is part of a much bigger story, and begins well before His birth in a manger. The whole Bible is the story of the life and purpose of Christ, beginning in Genesis and threaded through a family. Christ came to us in a family! (Not a man who appears out from the solitude of the woods, or from a dream of a man (of course) that tells him upon death, he'll have his choice of ten virgins!)
Yes, the purpose of Christ's coming to earth in a family is so much bigger and better than Sweet Baby Jesus! Spoiler alert: Jesus is not a white English speaking American! Jesus isn't a republican or a democrat. Christ came on a mission, and lived a life of love and sacrifice. His story hasn't sustained longevity on theatrics or cliff-hangers. No, His story remains because He lived it. He also brings us into His story, and we live in that story with him, now! Our Christian religion is more than a tradition, its our heritage. It grounds us and gives us a sense of belonging and security. He is a covenant God and He remembers the promise He made with His family. Jesus came to heal all of creation, to restore all things back to Himself. His is the great story of reconciliation and peace! All cultures everywhere are part of His great redemptive narrative found in the Scripture. It's not just a priority to continue the story, it's an honor. How wonderful to share and live in this story that has been sustained for thousands and thousands of years with people from every tribe and every nation!
Texan! This year I gathered all the sparkly, shiny things I could muster and placed them on my mantle. I love my collection of mid-century modern vases!
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