Long ago when my husband and I first got married, we decided we would always celebrate the wonder of the day with a pig roast on Memorial Day weekend. Our daughter carries on her own version of this by having a Labor Day cook out in NC.
Traditions have a way of tying generations together. As old traditions morph into variations of the old, the essence of the family love remains at its heart and grows larger and more encompassing as it mixes new knowledge and excitement with the wisdom and joy of the old world.
As I finished making potluck cookies for my daughter’s get-together, I read today’s Ration. Amazing, how the wisdom of the ages never truly ‘ages’. It continues to speak as loudly to me as it did to my dad in 1945. I copied this statement to hang in my war room. It is the wisdom of the ages that still speaks to me today: “The world can be transformed only by those who have the courage of their conviction, who try always and everywhere to do the Christian thing irrespective of what others are doing and regardless of cost.”
1942 Daily Ration:
“And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.”~Mk 15:15
It is very disquieting to realize that the paramount factor determining Pilate’s decision to release Barabbas and condemn Christ was that commonplace motive which operates in our experience constantly: ‘the desire to content the people’. Pilate’s conduct was prompted, not by the dictates of his conscience but by the demands of the crowd.
“The disposition to please and conform to crowd constitutes the most subtle and powerful temptation confronting many Christians today. The slogan’Everybody’s doing it,’ exercises a strong psychological appeal Most of us have a natural reluctance to be different for fear we will be considered queer. The phrase, ‘crowd morality,’ suggests those conventional standards which are generally acceptable but which are far below the exalted ideals of Christ…
“It is extremely sobering to reflect hat the disposition to put popularity above principle did to Christ. It should help us, when we are tempted, to visualize the Master on his cross and to refuse to yield. The world can be transformed only by those who have the courage of their conviction, who try always and everywhere to do the Christian thing irrespective of what others are doing and regardless of cost.
“Prayer: Eternal God, implant inn us the fortitude to do right no matter what others may thing say or do. We ask it in Christ’s name. Amen.”