Every family has its traditions.
These traditions are good in that they tend to cement a family together
and make a common history that can be passed on from one generation to
the next. They can be talked about to children and
The Scotts have their own
traditions. Much of it centers around the holidays. Some of it is
similar to other families. We have turkey at Thanksgiving and ham
at Christmas. We do some things that other do not, however.
We have a
We have the tradition of staying home for Christmas and travelling to be with family on Thanksgiving. Each Thanksgiving week we load up the old sedan like we are going to be away for a month instead of just a few days. We rush hard to be with my great aunt in Clarksville, TN for the first part of Thanksgiving and then to be with Bonnie's family for Thanksgiving dinner. Then we have to rush to be back for Sunday services and having our daughter in school on Monday. Sometimes I complain about all the rush for just a little while with family and talk about wishing we could have just one Thanksgiving at home, but we still go. It's tradition!
One of the nice things about this tradition is that we get to be reunited with our family, if only for just a little while. We have never had the opportunity since I began preaching full-time to live close to either of our families so our times for visiting are few. But Thanksgiving is a time when we can be together, especially Bonnie and her big family. It's a wonderful time! We all catch up on the current news, swaps tall tales, and hear some of the same old stories that have been told for years. But most of all it is great to just see each other again.
This Thanksgiving will mark the second one that my brother in law Malcom Higdon will not be with us. Malcom, faithful gospel preacher, passed away about one and a half years ago. Last Thanksgiving was sort of strange to not have Malcom with us. He will always be missed, though we know that time helps heal the pain of separation.
Malcom is not the only one
missing from our homecomings. Bonnie's father is gone. So is
my dad. And both mine and Bonnie's grandmothers have gone over the
river of death. Christians all, they died with the hope of eternal
Can you imagine the wonderful
homecoming it will be for faithful Christians? Jesus told us that
he was going to prepare a mansion for each of his faithful children (John
14:1-6). Paul tells us about a day when all faithful Christians
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:16).Imagine the joy that faithful Christians will share at the homecoming that we will enjoy with our brothers and sisters in the Lord who lived faithful to Him! Remember those to whom we have said goodbye. It is not forever! It is only for
a brief time. Then we will be reunited with them, never to be separated again. What a wonderful homecoming that will be!
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