It's Christmas Day!! Such a wonderful time of the year to spend with friends and family, to share in gift-giving and remember the birth of Jesus Christ. There are a lot of Scripture passages that are used extensively during this time of year, but this morning I didn't land on any of those traditional passages. I opened my Bible up to the gospel of John, chapter 7, and here's why.
Back in the spring I was in California visiting friends and family. For a couple of the days I was visiting, I was in Orange County, and I got to have lunch with a friend at Chipotle one day. Since we were in California, we elected to sit outside where the weather was nice and the noise level was significantly lower. It was nice getting to catch up with this friend; I even began to tell her about my plans to propose to Shannon, my girlfriend. I was feeling really concerned at the time because I was living paycheck to paycheck and was not in good financial standing. As the conversation continued, a lady at a table nearby jumped into our conversation. She couldn't help overhearing what we were talking about and wanted to give me some advice: to not get married.
Last Sunday during Beacon's evening service, we discussed how different families have different traditions, during Christmas and throughout the year. Certain families in the church shared some of their traditions, and it got me thinking about the traditions my family has during the holidays. If you'll forgive the large amount of navel-gazing about to commence, I'd like to share some of those.
A simple servant of the Master.