When we struggled financially, our greatest
extravagance was to cook a leg of lamb for Christmas dinner. We could
imagine nothing more privileged than to have such a meal in our frugal
household and Christmas was made the more special because of this one
Everybody looked forward to Christmas dinner!
As our children grew up and moved away from home, they would try to be home for Christmas dinner and their one insistence was that we have our traditional leg of lamb. Forget all the tasty inventions and methods and meals of modern cooking; forget the fancy things, the new tastes, the new recipes, the new foods now so readily available. It was not Christmas without baked leg of lamb complete with vegetables.
I had grown up on my father's farm and I knew what the slaying of a lamb meant. It was always one of the hardest duties my father had to perform but it was the only way to provide food for his family. Slaying the lamb included suffering for him.
So Christmas always reminds me of the 'Lamb slain from the foundation of the world', and the suffering it caused his Father. But it is the only way He can provide food for His family to bring them to the table and provide heaven for them.
This Christmas, as we celebrate family Christmas in our traditional way, I shall whisper as we say grace around the table, 'Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!' John 1:36.
May I include you in my whispered prayer?
By Just a Minute team writer
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