Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Our Martinmas Walk

We celebrated Martinmas one day late (it is officially Nov 11th).  Alex brought home another beautiful lantern from school (I really want to string all of these up in our playroom-- they are so gorgeous, and she will make one more next year-- Justin will make at least three himself as well!), and now we have three!
Martinmas is the feast day celebrating St. Martin, a Roman soldier whose claim to fame was cutting his own heavy wool cloak in half to share with a beggar.  Although he was not a Christian at the time, that night he dreamt of Christ clothed in the same piece of wool cloak, and heard him say "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me".
For our family it is a timely reminder of the importance of service, and having a servant's heart.  We are currently working on our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, and have been collecting warm things all year in anticipation of adopting a Karen Christmas family again.  As the weather turns colder, and we spend more time bundled up in our warm clothes, cooking and being together in our comfortable home, we are more aware and grateful of all the blessings that we have been given.
After gathering by the fire and telling the story of St. Martin, the children held an indoor lantern walk this year, to spread the light of Christ to all the dark corners of our home.  (Normally we've done this outside, but it was just too cold last night!)  I really enjoyed our tiny procession-- Alex sang all the Martinmas songs she learned at school.  Justin "sang" along as well, his small sweet voice echoing his big sister's confident one.

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