I have never really given much thought as to how our family traditions help nurture our family. It wasn’t until I sat down and got a chance to read through Noel Piper’s book “Treasuring God in our Traditions” that I saw our own family traditions in a new light.
When I received this book in the mail from Crossway, I actually thought that I wouldn’t get much out of it. I thought it would just be a book about how to incorporate traditions into your home and that’s about it.
Boy was I wrong. This book is a beautifully written treasure that should be in every Christian home. It’s filled with encouragement and knowledge on how God see’s tradition and the importance it should have in your family.
I have underlined SO much information in this book that it would be hard to share all that I’ve reaped from it. Here are just a few tidbit’s of what I’ve gleaned from this book.
- There’s a difference between a family habit – like helping mom with the groceries and a family tradition – like reading the story of Jesus’ birth every Christmas morning before doing anything else.
- God is the inventor of tradition, just as He is the inventor and giver of every good gift.
- We can’t bequeath God to our children – God can only be inherited from God – so we must make Him a daily presence in our home and help our children know Him and understand Him
- The things we do regularly that help us in our deepest being to know and love and want God, the things that help our lives to be infiltrated with God – THOSE THINGS ARE TRADITION
- We must plan to reflect God and teach about Christ in the repeated events of our lives.
- Prayer is NOT an Option – Huge things are at stake in our prayers
With all that is going in our world today – the lack of values, the extreme lostness and sinfulness of our country, I think this book is something every family should read. We need to share God with our children! We need to make sure that they know Him and have a chance to inherit all His riches.
I don’t want my children to inherit a country/government swallowed up in debt, but more importantly I don’t want my children to inherit eternity without Christ.
Here is more information on the book:
Only God can bequeath God to our children. But he uses means. He uses God-centered traditions and Bible-saturated family patterns and grace-laden heirlooms. Only God can give our children a taste for the sweetness of God. Only God can awaken them to his worth. But year in and year out there are traditions that show children that God is our Treasure.
Noël Piper opens her home to you—more than thirty years of marriage and mothering. She invites you into the happy, imperfect Piper pattern of life (including a few family-occasion poems written by her husband, John). But, even better, she roots things in the Bible.
God-treasuring traditions can be ordinary, everyday habits such as telling stories, attending church, and using affectionate nicknames. They may be rare “especially” occasions such as funerals and weddings. And they are the creative ways we reflect Christ in our holidays.
Noël Piper believes that by our traditions we can help the next generation treasure God, and at the same time deepen our own love for him. Like a scribe trained for the kingdom of heaven, she brings out of her treasure what is new and what is old—making the old new and rooting the new in the old. In this way, the next generation absorbs the truth that the treasure we have in God is ancient in wisdom and strength, and fresh as the morning dew. Noël loves making children (and adults) bow their heads with reverence and clap their hands with joy.