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Tradition - Monday's Dose - 21st January 2013

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Monday's Dose - 21st January 2013

Tradition

And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
- Genesis 3:20.

The jade plant is a hearty, long-living plant that originates from Africa. It's almost impossible to kill. My mother had one that lasted throughout her 65-year marriage. My sister has it now, and it's still thriving. Mother's jade plant is part of my family history. No one knows who started this plant, but my mother remembered that her grandmother owned the first in our family when she was a young girl. Mother's grandmother received it as a wedding gift. Mother's mother received a shoot from her grandmother's plant when she married. Mom received a shoot from her mother's plant when she married Dad. Each of my mother's daughters received a shoot from her jade plant as we married. My generation is passing the tradition on. It keeps us connected even when our names change, even when we move away from our families. The jade plant reminds us of our connection to our roots each time we water it, each time we transplant it, and each time we turn it in the window.

Adam named his wife Eve, and later they named their children. Every generation that followed named their children. It is an unbroken tradition that all known cultures keep. Every family keeps its traditions. Every culture keeps theirs. Every culture has
a creation story that speaks for its traditions. The story of Adam and Eve is the creation story for those who live in God's culture. It is the "jade plant" for all God's children to pass on to the next generation. It establishes our traditions and gives us a sense of where we come from. We remember its lessons.We remember Adam and Eve's shortcomings and then remember our own. We are humbled knowing that we are not different from them.

Yet, it is not just a story of blame. It is a story that showcases our
relationships with God and each other. When we accept this story as part of our tradition, we accept each other and our faults, and we accept the sovereignty of God.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, We praise you, Lord! You have claimed us and we are yours. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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