“And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.” Exodus 13:19 NKJV
We learn from Joseph that bones matter. He knew the children of Israel would be set free from slavery one day, and he wanted to be free too. That mindset is powerful; he died believing God and his children had to remember God’s promises too in order to honor his request. He taught them from the grave that we continue to live, speak and teach even after we are gone from this life.
Every Christmas when I was little, my parents traveled to Texas to visit my grandparents. Seven siblings were raising their children to continue the legacy handed down to them to stay together as a family. It was an incredible experience. This year marked the first anniversary of our family matriarch my last living grandparent, returning to be with God. It was a beautiful day. The wind was gently blowing, it was chilly but the sun was shining. Surrounded by family, my uncle began to share why coming to the gravesite was important. A new tradition in our family had been born; returning to pay our respects.
If we want to experience happiness, we must embrace sadness for without it we do not know what happiness is. If we want to experience peace we must embrace confusion, hope with despair; abundance with lack, life with death. In the contrast we see glimpses of His glory.
God visits us at Christmastime
One day I will be visiting my parents, aunts & uncles at their resting places at Christmastime. I will be handing down the lessons that I have learned to the next generation. There are many lessons learned but they all are summed up in two capstones; love God and always come together as a family. Setting aside time to visit my family is God visiting us at Christmastime.