THE EDITOR’S CORNER
Speaking of corners, we know that the holidays are just around one. Holidays can be both a beautiful and tough time for missionaries. Being far from home and loved ones, many times in countries that do not celebrate the holidays, can make us homesick.
Preparing yourself and your family ahead of time is wisdom. You can do more than just ‘survive’ the holidays, if you put a plan into action.
I did some research and found a couple of sage ideas to help you with your plan.
1. Acknowledge that things are different and look for ‘God nods’ everywhere around you. The holidays are about what is on the inside so much more than what is on the outside. Amazement and awe will happen, though, when you open up your eyes and look. God will show up to comfort you in such unique ways.
2. Start new traditions. I’ve often told my girls, ‘memories are just a moment in the making away’. Making ornaments out of local flowers to hang on trees, acting out the Christmas story with just music, carving a tree out of wood, etc. What a fun time you will have with your family coming up with new ideas. Replacing those holiday blues with bright and new, memory colors that they will remember for all their days.
3. Find community. Don’t spend the holidays alone. Even if you introduce some of your traditions with people who have never heard of yours. Or even try incorporating their traditions into your life. Mix them together for a brand new recipe.
4. Use technology. There is nothing quite like a caroling session with the family over FaceTime! — Record your time together and remember how God has enabled you to celebrate with your loved ones, even if you are far across the pond.
More than anything, what an amazing opportunity to share God’s wonder and saving grace through the story of the holidays. Tell stories. Remember old ones and make new ones. Lives will change all around you, one story at a time.
Proverbs 16:8 “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
While you are doing this, we, at EdenRidge, will be praying for you. For joy, laughter, peace and new memories. We would love to hear how your plan worked. Send us a note and pictures to email@example.com —
Creatively His, Sue