Each year the extended Hurst family gathers just before Christmas to pray and eat...or eat and pray, depending on the ability of the youngest family members to withstand hunger pains in relative silence. It has been tradition for Millie and Charlie’s grandchildren to read the story of Jesus’ birth from a family Bible. This reading used to end at the verse ‘and Mary pondered all these things in her heart’, but now extends beyond the initial verses in Luke to include all of Matthew 2. When the youngest great grandchildren learn to read, we may have to begin with verse 1 of Matthew 1: ‘The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham’! The moms and dads beam as the grade school kids navigate King James; the grandmas and grandpas close their eyes and remember these same young parents reading the same lovely words.After Scripture we hold hands and offer prayer. We thank our Lord for watching over us all during harvest, travel, exams; we are grateful for our health, children, homes. It is a time of reflection and, to quote the liturgy, ‘altogether meet and right so to do’.
But some years are just better than others. Fortunately, Bella prayed early on and spoke the words we were all thinking:
‘Thank you, God, that the Cardinals won the World Series’.
We wish all of you the very best in 2012.