But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it. 2 Timothy 3:14
It is a beautiful day, in early fall, when my sister and I both go over to our parents’ house for our annual apple day. We get together to make apple pies, applesauce and apple turnovers. It is a day that I look forward to every year. This is the first year that my sister came as a wife. A newlywed! We gather together in the kitchen, around the counter and each take our positions. I am peeling and coring the apples, then handing them off to my sister. She cuts them and mixes in the other ingredients, before she hands that off to our mom. Our mom is making the crust, filling the tins and putting the pies together. We have quite a system figured out. It is a perfect process.
We are hard at work and concentrating on our tasks. The silence is broken when one of us has a story to share or when we burst out in laughter over something silly. The silence is broken when one of us has a question for my mom, who patiently makes sure to answer us. We listen intently… wanting to learn everything we can from her.
She has taught us so much over the years. She continues to teach us… through her words and through her actions. Of course we learn by listening, but I think we learn so much more by watching her. By witnessing her life. We learn about love. We learn about respect. We learn about compassion. We see love. We see joy. We see faith.
We are witness to her sincere faith. A faith that lives in her, which first lived in our grandmother, and in her mother and back through the generations. A faith that has been passed down. A gift. It is a sincere faith which now lives in us.
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:13
These are truly precious moments. And at the end of the day, it is not about each of us taking home our share of apple pies, apple turnovers and applesauce. That is just a bonus. It is about so much more than that. We are taking home a priceless gift.
A gift of love and a gift of faith. One that we will keep and not turn from. One that we will continue to pass along.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
Do you have traditions like our apple day, filled with moments that end up being so much more than they seem? We would love to hear about those special moments!
By Jennifer, StudioJRU
Jennifer is a mixed media artist living in rural Nebraska - gravel roads, fresh air, peace and quiet. She is married to her best friend, her patient and supportive husband, Heydon. Art has been a...