Traditions once honored by all are quickly changing. Family traditions we once considered a time treasured are not being passed down from one generation to another. Going to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving, Christmas caroling with the neighborhood church, and bed-time stories while snuggled deep in the covers are just a few of those I honored both by my own participation and by handing them down to my children. I’m very thankful that regardless of society’s change, our time-honored spiritual traditions have not changed. I’ve taught my children that God is good and they are teaching their children the same. The goodness of God is recorded from cover to cover in the Bible. Reviewing our traditions has brought back a flood of memories. Our family pays much attention to these traditions and bed-time stories are one of my favorites. Visions of two small bodies pressing up against me in the middle of a twin size bed – now there’s some closeness for you! My baby boy liked the ‘fishy one’, he called it. Here’s a reading for you – –
Fishy, fishy in a brook Daddy caught him on a hook
Nursery rhymes sure have changed. Green Eggs and Ham reads a lot different than my old rhymes learned in childhood. In fact, most of my tried and true recitations would be offensive to one class of people or another. Take the one above – the animal activists would not like catching fish with a painful hook. Most women would be offended by assuming it took a ‘daddy’ to catch a fish in the first place. Then, the professional woman would not like the implication that she should stay home to fry anything! And perhaps most offensive at least to me is society’s telling the baby/child they can choose the gender they ‘feel’ most comfortable in.
One fact we can count on: God does not change. His word spoken ages ago still rings true. Let this truth resonate within you today. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17 – NIV) Therefore, if something bad happens to cross your path today, it did not come from Him. He may ‘allow’ it to happen as Romans 8:28 states ‘He works all things for our good’. Can you trust Him today? Can you look for His hand and His purpose in the things that make up your day? That’s at the top of my list today.