We are about to embark on a yearly family tradition - the Mackinaw Bridge Labour Day Walk. It marks the end of the summer for our family and the school year starts with such a wonderful 'field trip'. We indulge in Mackinac Island Fudge, and salt water taffy and nibble on smoked fish. We watch the Ferry Boats and tankers, the sailboats and tugs. We see folks we don't know by name, but they are there each year and we smile when they say 'my how the children have grown!'. We do this because it is just plain fun! We honour the life of my Historian's mother with each step we take, because she started this tradition for our family, and has since gone to be with her Lord.
This is our 8th year, and we are really looking forward to it. It is a hectic time to prepare for a trip - and the weather differences force me to think ahead about long sleeves, closed in shoes and warm pants for the children. I have sweaters laundered and ready to pack and we are all looking forward to Mooney's ice cream at the end of the walk. It is a 5 mile bridge, but since it is about a mile from the parking lot to the Bridge, and at least that far back to the hotel, we figure it is about a 7 mile jaunt - which is pretty far for my out of shape body! The good news is that when you get to the half way mark, it is all down hill after that!
I like having a special family tradition - it is something to hold on to when things are crazy - something to look forward too when life just seems too hard. The thing is though, that storms come and high winds blow, and some years we just can't do the Bridgewalk - in fact it has been cancelled for high winds in the past. I am so glad that our family's hope isn't anchored in our family traditions, but in Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.