Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hanging a Crucifix

Happy New Year's Eve! Today is kind of a day of reflection on the past year. For me it has been a year of change. I've experienced a lot of change this year which has caused my family to grow closer. While good things and bad things have occurred I've tried to see the good in all. Job loss, family deaths, becoming a stay at home mom, distance of friends, best friend moving, all have been blessings. Another blessing was getting to see my parents the day before Christmas.

The pictures below are of one of the gifts my mom and dad gave me. I have never owned a crucifix nor had I ever thought of hanging one in our home. I'm not sure why, I've just never thought much about it. At first my husband was concerned it was too grandma-ish. Really the meaning is so much more than having it as a decoration so we agreed it wasn't at all. It's a gift from the heart, and I think one of the most powerful gifts I've ever received. It didn't take me long to find a place to hang it, but I wanted to make sure I didn't hide it! I had also thought about setting up a place in our home just for prayer and placing it there, but decided on hanging it. I've gotten stronger in my faith and felt that a good place to hang it would be by the front door. When the front door opens, it's the first thing you see on the wall. Raising a Catholic family, I thought it was appropriate to remind us all what is important each day! 

Do you have a crucifix in your home? I'd love to hear.

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