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Hey! Who took my Traditions?

Updated on April 3, 2010

Blessed Easter, Resurrection Sunday!

So, I have a very interesting question for you all.

Did you have the privilege to go to a Good Friday service yesterday? We didn’t. Not that there are not a hundred churches we could have picked from and gone and done so if we so chose to. But one reason, that seems to stick out for me is, I didn’t want to be the ‘visitor’ again. We are roaming down here in our RV so people know we are not staying, that we can’t stay. But as a consequence we are treated, always kindly (American people are very ‘kind’), and by some really openly. No matter how much I do believe they truly love us; we are still the ‘visitors.’ Often we are introduced as the “Canadian visitors.”

Good Friday

The Start of the empty tomb...
The Start of the empty tomb...

The Baby's in the Bathwater!

Anyway, I digress.

I had really hoped our church here would do something for Easter. But they haven’t. All through Lent, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, even Good Friday, not a word has been mentioned as to the season of remembrance we are in. Don’t get me wrong…the of the independent Churches ‘people’ are not in the ‘habit’ of keeping traditional remembrances any longer, so, like with anything, they just don’t think of it. At the same time, that could be a ‘reason’… but it definitely should not be the excuse.

The Church we go to is not an ‘organized’ Church like the mainline Churches, Anglican, Lutheran etc. Not that they aren’t organized. However, they are not “organized’ in the sense of a lot of programs and formalities; traditions. Which for some things I really do believe in and totally agree with. But why throw out the Baby with the bathwater! 

Hey! Where's the Baby?

If we would but see God as Ezekiel saw Him

I believe that some traditions, celebrations, or remembrances are reverent fear of the Lord. These activities should say something about how we feel about our God. As well it should say what He is to us. Our God…our Holy, Mighty, Ruler over all God… Sometimes in our churches (as in the generic, universal church) we don’t act like He is that at all!

I grew up in the LutheranChurch and I am really grateful for the “traditional” religion I received. It gave me a sense of awe towards God. Yes, I have to be careful to throw out cold religiosity but…I need to keep the warm reverent awe of our absolutely Holy, Mighty, Majestic, Awe-full God. If we would but see God as Ezekiel saw Him or Isaiah or Moses we would be on our faces in the Church. Not out of some emotional experience but out of pure acknowledgment of who He is. In addition who we are in light of this realization!

Again, don’t get me wrong, I truly love our Church. They are the warmest, opened armed people in the family of God I have had privilege to meet. But this is not about them, it is about God though, and what He has so graciously done for us. Anyway, can you tell this is really important to me. I felt the same way at Christmas.

I love the healthy formal traditions. It is a chance for me to once again focus on the reality of my relationship with God in a specific area. I know, I am can do this all year round, Easter or Christmas is not just the one day a year. But, let’s face it, we, as sinful human beings, do not. We get caught up in life; the busyness of life. We need times like Good Friday to deliberately put my mind and heart and soul in telephoto focus of who God is and what He did for us! So much of life is about us, and what we are about. Good Friday would have been about God and what He is about.

Holy Awe-Full God

More than enough reason to Celebrate

We have no problems with our man traditions, like Remembrance Day or Memorial Day, or Mother’s and Father’s Day. We don’t call these empty traditions…we acknowledge that we need a day where we deliberately think of the good the appropriate people have done for us. We see and recognize the sacrifice that has been made on our behalf by our soldiers and/or parents. We could say, just as well, that we ‘shouldn’t’ need these as we aught to think and remember all year round what they have done and who they are and make acknowledgment to them . But we know we don’t so it’s important enough to us that we make a special day and ‘reverently’ keep the observance of this day.

So why can’t we do this for the things of God which have so much greater ramifications for us? Jesus’ birth, His life, His sufferings, His humiliating walk to the cross, His death and burial. And then finally His wonderful and fantastic resurrection form the dead! Jesus did this all for us. Jesus did this in obedience to Father, who loved us so much that He sent Jesus His only Son to do this for us. Jesus life was not “taken” from Him; He laid it down. Jesus gave up His own life on our behalf…on purpose. Why? Because He loved us and wanted to pay the price, which only He could as the sinless man of God, so that we could have relationship with our Creator once again. That is more than enough reason to Celebrate and sing Hosanna’s to the Glory of God our Father. 

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      UlrikeGrace 8 years ago from Canada

      I'm with you...not only do some traditions remind us of the grandeur of our God and Savior...but the is something awesomely beautiful about the tradition of the Church. I hope you had a wonderful remembrance weekend...

      Thanks for stopping in for a read...

      UlrikeGrace

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      coffeesnob 8 years ago

      ***SIGH***

      I love tradition. I did not have much of it growing up so I probably appreicate now even mmore because of that. Traditon is how I teach my family. My grandkids want to know...I am a contemporary person...but I do love the tradions tha remind me of my Savior...

      Thanks Ulrike Grace

      CS

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      UlrikeGrace 8 years ago from Canada

      So true parrster, and that is a sentiment that we must always consider when speaking about traditions. As long as one is blessings and worshiping God and setting Him above all others who am I or anybody to judge how it is being done! Bless you hope you had a wonderful celebration weekend.

      Thanks Cedar Cove Farm, thanks for stopping in

      Blessings to you all and much thanks fopr reading

      UlrikeGrace

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      Cedar Cove Farm 8 years ago from Southern Missouri

      Good hub, thank you.

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      Richard Parr 8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks UlrikeGrace. An appropriate and well presented message. What one person considers a man-made tradition, others consider a sanctified remembrance, Let none judge and each be fully persuaded (Romans 14:4-6)

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      UlrikeGrace 8 years ago from Canada

      Magdalene, thank you my beautiful sister in the Lord for stopping in and having a read...All the celebrations of this time of the year are so special but without the full concept of the Good Friday when Christ gave up His life so we could live...we have a hard time fully appreciating what was bought for us on resurrection morning! Blessings to you on this day.

      Michael...thanks for dropping in and having a read...bless you on this most special remembrance day!

      RevLady...I celebrate with all those who call themselves by the name of our risen Lord! Blessings upon you...

      lmmartin ... solitude is so important to the spiritual life of our soul...if Jesus found it so important and valuable I believe we must also...Blessings to you

      rls...thank you for your valuable and well thought out comments. You always add such precious truths to the comments which add to my hubs...thank you so very much for your kind efforts...Blessings

      May all your days be filled with increased awareness of the power of the resurrected life within you...thanks all for stopping in

      UlrikeGrace

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      rls4immanuel 8 years ago

      You have touched on a foundational issue here Ulrike Grace. It has truly been expressed that we spent our most valuable commodity on that which we love the most. My heart is saddened within myself the number of times I put time with my Lord aside for the sake of human activity. When I get a strong sense of my Lord drawing me off to a place of seclusion with Him, I get excited and expectant in my spirit. It is sweet, good and oh sooo peaceful. I do not need to give in to the enemies temptations which on the outside can seem like a "good" thing. That is one value I see in "remembering" through the traditions. This is the reason that God had Israel set up the "memorial stones" in the Jordan. Human nature being what it is will always want to wander away out of selfishness. Thankyou Ulrike Grace for the reminder that God is our all in all and nothing, absolutely nothing this world offers, even in the church, compares to His majesty, glory and grace we have so richly been blessed with in Jesus. God's richest blessing on you Ulrike Grace as you continue to write from your heart and mind for the service and glory of God.

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      lmmartin 8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Food for thought. I did not attend a service (I rarely do), but instead reflected on the significance of the day in my garden. While I may miss the fellowship of congregation -- I gain much from the introspection and solitude, and a sense of closeness to my maker. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      RevLady 8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts UlrikeGrace and may this Resurrection Sunday remembrance bring you great joy in the praise and worship of our Lord.

      Forever His,

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great hub!

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      MAgdalene 8 years ago

      I think i missed the question....oops!

      I did not have the privilege to go to a Good Friday Service...i do feel kinda gypped. But, I was able to go for an amazing walk as the sun was going down. I ended up having "my own" service with my Lord.....

      I know, back home in Surrey,BC, the Church of Surrey--all the Churches get together and they have a service every year....it is outstanding--testimonies, worship......crying, laughing...just an incredible celebration of hope!

      There, I answered the question!

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      dad 8 years ago

      Ulrike you daid what I felt all through this season. Imiss that gracious and loving face of our Father in heaven. we pray and we want, but mostly nobody wants to give.

      thank you spoken from the heart, I feel with you.

      we had a service yesterday but.............

      blessings dad

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      Magdalene 8 years ago

      I think Easter....the days leading up to it, and onto Monday are times for serious reflection at what has occurred and what is occurring.

      I am overcome with joy, with grief, with love, with despair, and with much hope at the Easter season/time.

      The whole thing.....from "Upper room discourse" to the women at the empty tomb, to Jesus serving his disciples fish that He had caught on the beach....the whole "Thomas thing."

      The whole scene, I want embedded on my heart and mind. It is so important, so special....so......well, words cannot express.

      Thank you Father for our Jesus, your precious, sinless only begotten Son.

      Because of you we are free, we are loved unconditionally, we have hope, no matter what.

      Thank you for your passion. May we be as passionate about you and the things that you are passionate about.

      Thank YOU dear Ulrike Grace.

      Happy Happy , most blessed Easter to you & Robert!!

      xox:)

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      UlrikeGrace 8 years ago from Canada

      Wow John you were quick...thank you for coming and reading...

      Blessings to you

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      John Harper 8 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Good hub, thanks...

      John

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