Thursday, February 9, 2012
Thankful Thursday ~ My Roots
I’m working on a special project for which I’m very thankful. In two weeks, Dice and I will be presenting a teaching to the leaders of our church and our topic is The Seder Passover. We are preparing the kosher foods with another couple who have a large home and kitchen with dining room to accommodate all of us! I look forward to sharing the Bible teachings and Jewish traditions of old because whenever we study our roots, Jesus always shows up in amazing ways. Our focus revolves around Him as our deliverer. The Passover is a wonderful story about deliverance and oh, how we love to tell it.
Whenever I go home to Chicago, my siblings gather around a meal, usually at my sister’s home and we share those same stories of our youth and tease one another about the old days. It is always fun, sometimes includes old photos but always centers around the Christian principles of family with fond memories of our parents and our early days. These are our roots. Our experiences define us and we remember who we are as we gather together as a family. Always, as I board my plane for home, I’m fulfilled by these times of expressing our love one to another with our stories, hugs and kisses.
That’s how the Passover is, too. We go back to our beginnings. We remember how much our God loves us and that our God is a miracle-working God. He knows of our suffering in the past and made a provision. He sent His only Son to rescue us, to save us from eternal damnation. We are God’s family and how Father God must love it when we remember the story! I know how I feel too as a parent when my children come home for holidays. We gather in my home around meals and reminisce and laugh! Even though my girls are in their thirties now, they love to hear the story of their early days. Was I like this, Mom, when I was three? Tell me again about the day I was born…etc. And like a crazy woman, I go into detail every time telling the same story like I was telling it for the first time!
Our God knows us. I’m thankful He understands that we need that connection to Him and to one another. I'm thankful for His-story!