Others still remain, giving meaning to our family journey and providing a reason to intentionally come together from our various places. These traditions keep relationships alive and nurture the bond between us. In the busy coming and going of life, they give us an opportunity to quiet the voice of doing and listen to the voice of belonging.
-Family accomplishment dinners
-Yearly blessing ornament
-December Christmas novel
-Family movie gatherings
-High Point Low Point
-Yearly family letter
-Magnet collection from all the places visited.
I am grateful for traditions, and I cherish the connection they provide to the past while also creating direction and meaning to the future. Knowing my own children will choose to carry on some of the traditions brings me joy because I know they will find comfort in the history surrounding them. Not only will these traditions mark the passing of time, but they will also honor it and lend significance to what otherwise might slip away as ordinary, unnoticed moments of life. Life is short and fleeting, yet saturated with meaning and pouring forth with hope. Traditions bridge the two and connect generations. Long after the seasons are gone, generations will remember the life built and nourished around our traditions.
So when the time comes once again to tuck away my salt and pepper shakers, gratitude for all the moments which surrounded them will remain, and hope for the gifts life still has to offer will carry us through another year.
What are some traditions which have become a big part of your family? Please leave a comment and share how you quiet the voice of doing in order to give ear to the voice of belonging.