Because of everything written in this letter and because of what they had seen and what had happened to them, the Jews took it upon themselves to establish the custom that they and their descendants and all who join them should without fail observe these two days every year, in the way prescribed and at the time appointed. These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants. – Esther 9:26-28 (NIV)
I think I want to start a family tradition. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and awards, but I don’t think we celebrate God’s provision and blessings. When the Jews realized all that had transpired to rescue them, they wanted to celebrate and to remember again and again their reason for celebration. I think I want to start celebrating God’s movements in my families’ life together.
It doesn’t require a party planner or a guest list, just a conscientious choice to recognize God’s providence, record it and remember it. This used to be done in the family Bible. All the key events in a families’ history would be recorded there and then remember each year. Today, our Bibles get updated as often as the iPhone, so maintaining a history there can be difficult. I think I will start a journal; a log book of God’s work in our midst to remind us of His constancy, mercy, grace and love.
It will be hard at first to remember to write those moments down, but it will be worth it. When we sit together and walk through the year that He has brought us through, it will be worth it. When we get a clearer vision of what He had laid out in front of us with patience and care, it will be worth it. When we see His blessings listed one after the other day after day, it will be worth it. I want to celebrate what God is doing in my family and I want my children to grow that habit in their lives with Him.
Lord, help me recognize Your work in my family. Give me eyes to see Your hand move among us and a mind disciplined in writing it down. Give us hearts that celebrate Your provision and blessing and action in our lives. Amen.