Monday, November 11, 2013

2 Thessalonians 2:15 “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.”

Hold fast to the traditions... we are coming into a season filled with traditions that are handed down from generation to generation.  Thanksgiving has been a tradition since the beginning of our nation when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat at table together sharing what they had to eat.  We still gather at table with family and friends sharing in the bounty and the fellowship we have.  Christmas is steeped in tradition much older and even deeper.  Why do we hold fast to traditions?  We keep them because they mean something to us.  We don’t cook a turkey and invite people over if there is no value in it for us.  We don’t decorate a tree and exchange gifts with loved ones if it means nothing to us.  It is the feelings that the traditions bring to us that keep us strong in them.  This is what Paul is encouraging these believers in.  They were taught that God loves them, Jesus came to teach and redeem them, the Spirit guides them and Christ will come again.  We still hold fast to these traditions today, praise be to God!

Lord,
Thank you for teachers and letters that have passed down these treasured traditions from generation to generation. As we continue on guide our words to share these traditions with others and spread the message until you come in all glory.  Let these words give us hope in you.  Amen.