Before the party, I remind everyone to bring something for the time capsule. Every child from newborn up through the oldest grandparent comes prepared. Then we sit in a circle and we simply pass the can around and put something inside that represents what God did in the year 2009.
Over the years I have put in ultrasound photos, a Binky my daughter had just given up, a ruler representing growth in my life, verses and many more things. Some others have put in poems, verses, letters to the family, the deed to their house that was paid off that year, photos of children they were ministering to, a rubber ball representing the ups and downs of the year and countless business cards have gone in. The children have put in footballs, awards, school photos and sports photos.
As the capsule is going around, I write down what each person puts into the capsule and what it meant – so we do not forget the significance when we open it someday. Then I seal it with packaging tape and store it in a bin in the attic.
This year after we seal the 2009 time capsule we will open 2003’s capsule. I can’t wait to remember the great joys of the past and the faithfulness of God as he brought us through past trials. This is always a meaningful moment of sharing and thus far I have not done this without tears! Every year my soul is touched!
So if you want to start a meaningful tradition with your family, try a time capsule as a way to remember God’s hand in your life and to draw your family closer together.