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Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writers as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched lives during this most wonderful time of the year.

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Family Traditions: A Glimpse into Christmas Future
by Tricia Goyer

Have you ever thought about family traditions? As I helped my 1-year-old place ornaments on the Christmas tree this year I imagined her doing the same thing with her children—and maybe even grandchildren—one day. Traditions are beliefs and customs handed down through generations.

By sharing meaningful moments with your kids you’re sending yourself into the future. How amazing is that?

Sharing family traditions causes us to slow down from the busy, adult world for a while. We ignore the laundry to set out the nativity set with our kids. We set aside time in our schedules to drive around and look at Christmas lights.

Holiday traditions aren’t only fun, they also help strength family bonds. Through traditions, kids learn to trust in the security of the family unit. They think, “This is our family, and this is what we do.” Of course, the most important thing to share isn’t just what we do … but why. Why do we put out a nativity? To remind us of the real meaning of the season—Jesus coming to earth. What do the Christmas lights displayed on homes and on trees represent? They represent the Light of the World, Jesus. Continue Reading…

After I heard author Tricia Goyer speak about her experiences while interviewing World War II veterans, I knew I had to read her latest book, Remembering You.

Her novel tells a small piece of the story of the men of the 41st Cavalry Recon Squadron, Eleventh Armored Division, Patton’s Third US Army—the first GI’s to liberate the Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp. Over the years, the men of the Eleventh invited Tricia to their annual reunions and shared with her their photos, their stories, and their tears. Tricia’s relationship with these men changed her life forever.

Tricia writes, “One of my most amazing experiences was when I received an email from a woman named Hana. She’d heard of my books and knew I’d interviewed some of the veterans. She asked if I’d interviewed any medics. Then she told me her story.

Hana was born on a cart outside of Mauthausen. When the Americans arrived, she was three weeks old and very ill. No one expected her to live. Yet one of the medics saw the small baby and knew he had to do something. Even though it took most of the day, he lanced and cleaned all Hana’s sores, saving her life. Over the years she’d wanted to find the medic, but didn’t know where to start.

I told Hana I knew one medic—-maybe he would remember who that man was. I gave Hana the contact information and soon heard the good news. My friend LeRoy ‘Pete’ Petersohn was the medic who’d saved her life! The two were quickly reunited. ‘Baby!’ Pete called out when he met her. After all these years Hana was able to look into the eyes of the man who saved her and thank him.” Continue Reading…