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Holiday Traditions

Close your eyes, breathe, and clear your mind. Be still. Center your scattered senses on God’s presence.

REFLECTION: Written by Nina Pope

Holiday traditions vary from family to family and add their own special joy to the Christmas season.  Over the years, some of our family’s traditions have been altered as one generation grows up and establishes its own traditions, some old and some new, in their own homes. One thing that remains a favorite at our house is a collection of Christmas books gathered and treasured over the years.  Some are by well-known authors, some written for children while others are more adult, some new and some so long a part of our collection that they are now out of print.  Some feature illustrations of great art and others have colorful artwork less well-known.  What they have in common is that they are all books about some aspect of what I call the real Christmas story.  One particular favorite offers the traditional Christmas story by a Venezuelan poet in a style reminiscent of   a Medieval manuscript; it combines Christian elements with drawings of toucans, cheetahs, monkeys and other animals in the perspective of South American culture. The books have been gently treated over the years and during the holiday season reside in a large basket in our family room where they are accessible to all for a leisurely or quick read depending on the moment.  Sometimes the books are enjoyed by a single reader or read to aloud to eager young listeners. When it is the moment to take them off the shelf and put them into the customary basket, it is like opening the front door to welcome in treasured friends and neighbors that you haven’t seen for a season and whom you cannot help but hug.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 22:30-31

Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.

Pause and meditate on the Scripture.

PRAYER:  Written by Kathleen Norris, a contemporary American poet and essayist.

Bless us, Lord, as we seek Christ in the lowly mangers of this world, bless us, as we seek to honor the mystery of the Incarnation in our midst, remembering always that you made us, and all humanity in your divine image. Help us to gladly welcome today and all days, your Wisdom, your Power, your Emmanuel, your Prince of Peace.

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MUSIC VIDEO:  King Digital Media: Mary Did You Know? 

IMAGE: Early 1904 Postcard

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