Imagine that. I've already missed a day. I know, you are completely disappointed. Our Internet completely died after I posted Tuesday night and was gone until this morning. Old house wiring is so fun! :)
Tuesday night I had the privilege of hosting my second Above Rubies get together. It was so encouraging and rejuvenating. The title comes from Proverbs 31:10. The KJV reads
"Who can find a virtuous woman?
For her price is far above rubies."
Other versions read:
NIV: "A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies."
NLT: "Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is worth more than precious rubies."
NASB: "An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels."
ESV: "An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels."
I suppose we could have called ourselves precious jewels, above jewels, precious rubies or more than rubies. There is a magazine entitled "Above Rubies" which a lady in town started a group based on. Her daughter has been sick for several months, so we have not met. Thus, my group was born. All of that to say, Above Rubies is a group of homemakers pursuing godliness, coming together to encourage one another, answer each other's questions and remind each other of our Biblical roles as women. We did just that Tuesday night. One of main topics was Christmas tradition. This gave me a whole slew of things to think about. A summary would be, why do we do what we do? I pulled out Noel Piper's Treasuring God in our Traditions and quickly read through her chapter on Christmas. She speaks largely about Advent and how we are celebrating God being faithful to His promise by sending Christ and that we are celebrating Christ coming again. What a joyful reminder! Just the thought of taking a month to celebrate Jesus coming again makes me really excited. I can't help but talk about this over and over again with my littles. Yes, I am excited to celebrate that God was born on earth as a baby, but that is not where the celebration ends. God came to die. Christmas is directly linked to Easter. And He has promised that He will come again and take us to where He is. Now that's something to celebrate!