Cadence – Beginning a Community, Developing traditions
by James E Kilgore
November 20, 2013 05:45 PM | 15229 views | 0 0 comments | 1026 1026 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A little over four years ago we moved from Lake Arrowhead into a fairly new community called Cadence.  All the dynamics in a new community were present.  Only a few homes were occupied and neighbors were just beginning to get acquainted.  We were eager to meet our new friends here.

Time flies by so quickly and many more homes are being built.  Now we know many neighbors as friends.  Our first Christmas here we invited folks into our home for a carol sing.  The community has outgrown our home and we meet now in the club house in December.

But that tradition and some other new ones continue.  My wife loves Christmas and suggested to the neighbors that we all join in a common decoration for our mail boxes.  We did and still do.  It makes a beautiful impression when one drives into our small, gated community.

Our church emphasizes various traditions for All Saints day, Thanksgiving and the Advent season.  Each of these appeal to different families in the congregation in special ways, but every moment adds to the community we are attempting to build together.

It occurs to me that many families have traditions that are very meaningful to them.  What are yours like?  In so many ways families are like neighborhoods.  No, we don’t choose each other – unless you are one of those children who are fortunate enough to have been selected by your parents through the adoption process.  You were chosen and should be SO PROUD that your parents picked you out of all the options that were available to them.

Families do develop special memories built around the holidays or particular times when we come together.  Some families have an annual vacation trip, sometimes with other family members or special friends with whom they enjoy camping, sporting events, or just being together.  When you get together around your family table, talk about the things that are highlights of your family memories.

It occurs to me that heaven is going to be a great reunion where happy memories will be shared.  I don’t know all about that, but I’d like to build a lot more good memories with my family as long as I’m alive.  How about you? 
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