Faith cloaked in culture

6 01 2009

I’ve just spent Christmas with my family – the first of many ‘lasts’ before I head off. It was also the first on our own after many years at a family Christmas – so we had to work out how to do Christmas on our own and work out what was necessary and what you jettison (because it’s Cairns and really who can be bothered baking in 38C?)

 

Each of us found ourselves saying ‘it just wont be Christmas without…’

 

Much of the way I do church, family and events like Christmas is formed by history, tradition… and temperature. Over the next few years I’ll have to do each of these things totally differently (Christmas in winter L, my birthday in summer!)

 

It’s funny to work out how much of even the ‘Christian’ moments are Faith cloaked in culture. I’m looking forward to experiencing these moments in a new culture – and being reminded of what is common, what is essential. And sharing those with my new ‘family’. Even if I’m freezing cold and surrounded by a language I don’t understand J