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How I Celebrate My Faith- Alumni Marygrace

Marygrace Urmson - December 7, 2016

I think this is the time of year that faith comes alive. There’s something in the air that reinvigorates the soul and prompts us to do more. For me, it is about giving back. My faith is definitely based on working with and for others. This is something that my mom instilled in me very early on and is still present in my life.

When I was a kid, my mom would make pumpkin bread and my dad and the kids would deliver it to all of our friends and neighbors. We did this every year on Christmas Eve and my mom always said it was to teach us the importance of giving as well as receiving at Christmas. When you’re a kid, you don’t understand completely. Every year, though, this idea is renewed in me.

A few years ago, I started making her pumpkin bread for delivery. I remember my mom asked me why I was still doing it, and I simply replied, “Well, that’s the point of Christmas!” She simply smiled and nodded, content that the message sunk in as she wanted.

Now, as we come into December, I’m making my list of ingredients and preparing for the ritual of the pumpkin bread. This year, the bread matters more to me than ever, as a symbol of my hope in the world, my faith in action, and my love for others. I am infusing the mission my mother taught me into my life.