Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 11

Mealtime_prayerIt pleases me that you continue to remember and honor me by keeping up the traditions of the faith I taught you. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (TM)

Growing up, the meal time prayer became a tradition on our family. My father would pray the Lord’s Prayer and then the children would say a Dutch prayer taught to us by our Grandparents. It was the same each meal. To this day, when our family gets together for a meal my father will say a prayer and the little Dutch prayer will be right there on my lips. Once in a while I will just say it out loud and the family laughs at the memory.

I’m not big on traditions. At least, I’m not big on isolating people into stuffy practices for the sake of "we’ve always done it that way before." I’m too right-brained for that. I believe the creative surge of exploring new ways to communiate eternal truths is good for everyone involved.

At the same time, I don’t believe that traditions are worthless. A simple Dutch prayer taught to the children in the family may have seemed rote and mindless for a time. Now that prayer is a touchstone to my heritage, my childhood, and my personal spiritual journey. I’m grateful for that tradition today.

I wonder what traditions I’ve instilled in my children that will become touchstones for them? What healthy traditions can I yet instill in my family today?

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and rocket ship.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 11”

  1. This chapter has some great stuff in it! I haven’t read it in a while and I love it. I was in a small group 9-10 years ago where we got into a heated (and ugly) discussion about women submitting to their husbands. I wish we could have read the Message’s text on this topic. I love how this version lays out that we are not superior to women, but that God definitely has an order of respect with Him at the top. This challenges me every time I read or think about it to be the kind of godly man that Beck would WANT to submit to. If I haven’t earned her respect, I should in no way expect her to submit to me or Christ. I have friends who could use a lesson in this.

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