Friday, April 7, 2006
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Deuteronomy 11:18-19 – Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. (MSG)

As Easter approaches, I look forward to preparing Easter dinner for my family. I will put a ham in the oven to cook. I will peel a whole pot of potatoes and make a yummy six-layer dessert. I will hide Easter eggs for the children. Similarly, at Christmas time, I always put a turkey in to cook, peel the same pot of potatoes, and have Christmas baking for dessert. I make sure the gifts are under the tree before the family arrives. We have traditions. They are important to our family.

Each family has its own traditions — Christmas traditions, Thanksgiving traditions, vacation traditions, meal traditions, weekend traditions. Each family's traditions are unique. Even as we talk about our individual family traditions, I think children feel more secure because of them.

God talks about traditions in today's Scripture verses as well. Oh, how He wants us to pass on to our children and grandchildren the traditions of sharing His love and faithfulness by word and deed!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, traditions are important. It is important to speak to our families about You and Your Word, sharing Your faithfulness to all generations. Help us in this area. Amen.

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