Tradition by definition is a custom or a practice. It is a routine or sometimes a ritual. We all have our daily routines. We get up. We might make our bed (that is something I always love to do!). We take a shower perhaps or wash our face. We get dressed and eat our breakfast. Some people have a routine each morning to make a pot of tea or coffee. People have a routine to go running each day or some type of exercise. People brush their teeth each morning or after each meal. Many people have traditions to celebrate holidays. We are big into celebrating Thanksgiving and in fact, I like to celebrate Thanksgiving more than just once a year. I might make a fancy meal several times a year, invite guests and enjoy the time of giving thanks for all the things God has done.
People have religious rituals and practices that go back thousands of years. People practice these traditions based on the culture they were brought up in or the truth they hold in their heart. Recently Nancy and Colin Campbell invited us for a Shabbat. We were a bit worried that it might be something that they did and expected others to do which would be a type of religious bondage we would want no part of. Not knowing what to expect, we went because we were so thankful for the invite. Colin readily explained that they are not Sabbath keepers or in any kind of religious camp. That they wanted to teach us and share with us a beautiful tradition that they learned about. They choose to keep this tradition going just because it is so lovely—you will see! They told us that this tradition has been practiced for so many years and has been the glue that has held the Jewish families together. If you come together to pour blessings out upon one another a beautiful thing happens! It causes such unity and blessings in all the family relationships. How could any relationship not flourish in such a loving environment as this.
Just wait. You are in for a treat. This meal and the way they ministered to our family stuck with us and gave us a vision for how to use it to keep the lamp of GOD's love glowing strong in many homes...
I want to take you on this journey with us, as this tradition is worth repeating. I may not call it Shabbat, even though it has some remnants of the original practice, it is Christ centered and a beautiful way to come together to bless one another as a family. That is why I would love to simply call it a Family Blessing Tradition. We have even been able to bless other families the Lord leads to us who are struggling in their family life. It is the most beautiful picture of God's love!
I documented the second meal the Campbells invited us to..
Maybe you could find time to make this a tradition in your home as well!