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Listen while you read: "Jesus Paid It All"1 (Lyrics)
How much does your family know about you? My dad did not share his life and thoughts with us, though I believe that he was tormented by memories of his time as a prisoner of war in World War II. Many times, he would be deep in thought, where he did allow visitors. I have often wished that I had more information about him. In his boyhood in McLean, Illinois, USA, he made slingshots and learned to shoot so well that on a bet of one nickel, he shot the hat off a man walking across the street. I would love to know more about him in his childhood. Unfortunately, his story died when he did. Did he have a good time growing up on a farm? How did he feel about fishing at the creek in the early morning? Did he think about God? Was he close to his mother? Did he do things with his father? How terrible were his 26 months as a prisoner in Germany during the war? Did he call into the heavens for an unseen Father to help him? Did he recall his mother's poem about her God?
The story of our lives is invaluable to our children and grandchildren, even if they might not fully realize it now. With my own family, I have shared many stories in these last years, and will do so in days to come. It's amazing how many memories that I have! I love writing, so it's easy sharing the many stories that clutter this old woman's mind after 74 years of living.
Deuteronomy 4:9 – But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. (NLT)
For you who do not love writing, I encourage you to find ways to share. The Bible reminds us many times to tell your children your stories, especially the times that God has saved you, blessed you, guided you, loved you, and forgiven you.
Psalm 71:18 – So even to old age and grey hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. (ESV)
Talk with your children about the Lord as you walk along. As you bait his hook sitting on the bank of a creek, maybe tell him of an adventure that you had as a child. It's even better if you can recall God blessing you or protecting you. Tell her how important praying is in your life, and recall how your family has been the recipient of great answers to prayers. Put Him first in your life so that those who come behind you will find you faithful to our God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we come to You to ask You to bring to our minds the glorious blessings that have come from Your hand. May we never stop sharing Your touch on our lives! Amen.