"I'm not into traditions, holidays, or anything nostalgic," my new friend whined. "And, church got too many."
Even regular churchgoers feel a bit overwhelmed as we enter yet another holiday season — you know ... the Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's run.
Moses instituted many holidays that the Jews observe, most notably, the Passover. Generations after generations, this special tradition is commemorated with one purpose in mind.
"You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. And when you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. And when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?' you shall say, 'It is the sacrifice of the LORD's Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.'" And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. (Exodus 12:24-27 ESV)
There are rich meanings in the specially prepared meal, the rituals and the manner of eating it. It is much more than an annual family gathering, a special meal or even a day off. Celebration of the Passover is meant to give the Jewish parents a perfect opportunity to tell their children what God has done way back, year after year.
What special tradition do I have as a family, to celebrate, to remind our children what God has done for the family and us, the parents specifically?