I love family traditions. At Christmas time I love hearing people's stories about their family traditions. Some families serve at the soup kitchen every holiday, some have the same breakfast every Christmas morning, some have a specific order of events for Christmas day. Traditions are as unique as the families that participate in them. I've found that family traditions are definitely not limited to holiday events. There are certain things I do, habits I have and foods I eat that I innately learned from growing up in my family. Traditions and family characteristics are influenced by a variety of elements such as environment, financial status, spiritual status, etc. And many of us have no idea that the traditions our family practices would be seen as strange by someone else. But these traditions influence who we are. Have you ever met a friend's parents and immediately said, “Ahh, now I get it!” After meeting one's family, you begin to understand that person better than you ever had.
My family doesn't have as many hard and fast traditions as some, but we definitely have some things that are specific to our family. One of the main categories that is unique to my family is the food we ate. To this day salmon patties, fresh corn on the cob, mom's strawberry pie, bubble loaf and chicken dumplings are favorites among my family. Outside of food, we are all Nebraska Cornhusker fans! We don't just enjoy watching the games, but we LOVE the game! One of my friends watched the Nebraska-Colorado football game last year with my family, and realized when everyone came to breakfast dressed in red, that this was more than a just a game to us. Everyone from grandparents on down to babies and even dogs are dressed in Husker gear on any given game day. We love the comradary that brings not only my family together, but an entire state together. Many people don't understand this tradition but nevertheless it is tradition I love.
There is another tradition I've learned in my family, specifically from my mom that is more valuable than any other tradition. And that is praying the Scriptures. She has taught me to use the Word of God as a guide to my prayers. She taught me to put my name in the Scripture and pray it back to the Lord. As a family we have prayed the Word of God many times for many people, and we have seen God work in amazing way as He answered the prayers of His children. And so today we are going to look at two simple verses from Psalm 25 that we can use to guide our hearts in prayer.
4 Show me your ways, O Lord,
teach me your paths;
5 guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
(The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ps 25:4-5)
This is a simple prayer that could have an overwhelming affect on our lives if we pray it honestly. This prayer simply asks God to teach us His family traditions, so that we can walk in His ways. Today, we're going to keep this blog short so that you have time to pray this prayer. I would encourage you to write these verses down on a note card and memorize them. Begin to pray these precious words regularly, and please take time to listen to God's response. He will show you His ways. Let Him teach you His truth. And continue to hope in Him all day long! Let's pray.