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Simple family rituals were the formation of my faith & happiness

To The Daily Sun,

This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24.

Throughout my childhood the Bible served as a daily source of strength and inspiration to my family. I cannot recall a day that didn't begin and end with the sharing of scripture. A simple blessing always preceded a meal and prayer was the natural precursor to a good nights sleep. When I look back to those simple family rituals, I see how important they were to the formation of my faith, my life and my happiness. Never did I question whether the day would prove worth of rejoicing nor did I ever go to sleep at night void of thanks for something or someone I found to rejoice over that day! In my teen years I may have suffered a great embarrassment at the hands of my parents and their insistence on bowing our heads in a restaurant before a meal or by their inviting my new boyfriend to accompany us to a potluck supper at church (they never missed a chance to drag my friends to church), but the embarrassment eventually gave way to courage and even a little wisdom.

When I was no longer a child and began to wander in my own wilderness I remained faithful to the daily recitation of that favorite Psalm 118:24 and when I was blessed with children, lots of children, the words of the psalmist carried even deeper meaning for me. I continued the ritual of beginning each day with the question, "What day is this?" always hoping for a biblical response by something more importantly hoping that my children really would find something to rejoice in each day. I believe they all did and still do, and my grandchildren who are old enough to talk now respond to the same question from their parents. As we enter into each season of Lent I urge you to ask yourself, "What day is this?" each morning and be open to find the good that abounds in God's world. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Robbie Neylon

Laconia

 
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