I am a 57-year-old man with a rolling pin and I’m not afraid to use it. But I only use it once a year.
And I only bake one thing. A Christmas coffee cake that my mom and her mother baked. I’ve had that wonderful coffee cake every Christmas eve and Christmas morning of my life.
For about 30 years now, I have made it myself for my family. I painstakingly read and follow every detail of the recipe. Then, inevitably, my wife comes to my aid, and it all comes together. Delicious.
For this tradition, I need a rolling pin. My rolling pin. It’s been used in my family since the 1880s. I imagine my great grandmother, Lenora, had no idea that her rolling pin would become a family heirloom. Of all the things that could have been handed down through the decades, I got a rolling pin.
But if this rolling pin could talk, it would testify that the name of the Lord Jesus Christ was praised each of the 140+ Christmases it has been used in this family. It reflects a tangible expression of faith, hope and love. Every time it was used, the food was blessed, and thanks was given to God.
This holiday season I am overwhelmed with praise to God that I was born into a family where He is acknowledged, and Jesus is worshipped. However, one third of us on this planet have not yet heard of Jesus’ birth or experienced Christmas as someone who belongs to Jesus. In many cases, the traditions of their families are carrying demonic strongholds through the generations.
So, this season I am more committed than ever to giving thanks, and to praying for those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus. As I enjoy my traditions, like using my rolling pin and eating coffee cake, I will pray for the least-reached people of the world.
Will you use your holiday traditions or practices to remind you, your family, your church, to pray for least-reached people? For example, as you turn on your Christmas lights in the evening, ask God to bring the light of the Gospel to people still waiting in darkness.
Consider weaving prayer for least-reached people into your most familiar or favorite traditions. After all, people from every tribe and language are on the heart of Jesus. It is His birthday and what He wants most is for the world to know Him.
–with Jerry Meadows, VP, Partner Relations
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