A Goodly Heritage

Monday, March 31, 2014
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There is nothing like moving house to show us that we have a lot of things that we don't really need — and perhaps never did. These were things that we could not live without, so we thought when we bought them, but as we downsize, we realize how unimportant they are now. However, moving is also a time when we find things that we had forgotten about. That is what happened to me. My father was a very handy man, and he did a lot of carpentry work at one time or another. Among the things that I inherited were two handsaws: a fine-toothed one for crosscutting, and one with larger teeth and a wider set for ripping lumber. These saws had been hanging in my basement workshop since 1987, and now, there they were. Although they were somewhat older and covered with dust, they brought back memories of my dad doing his carpentry work and wood-working in his workshop. And it reminded me of other more important things that our parents passed on to us.

I love the remembrances that Paul mentions in the opening of his letter to his friend Timothy:

2 Timothy 1:3-5 – I thank God … as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. (NKJV)

When our parents leave this earth to be with the Lord, they don't just leave us material things, they also leave us their faith in Christ. I remember the evenings when mother used to read to us from the Children's Bible, and how my dad would pray at every meal, and how we went to church every Sunday. That was the "goodly heritage" (Psalm 16:6 KJV) that they passed on to us.

We brought the saws with us when we moved. I took them to my little workshop in the basement, and the other day, I cleaned them up. I took the wooden handles off and sanded and stained them. I cleaned the rust off the blades, and I am going to paint some Dutch winter scenes on them for my two Jongkind grandsons: a memory of their great-grandfather and the land where he came from. And I am going to tell them about him again and how he influenced our lives then, and still does, to some extent. Hopefully, I can pass that "goodly heritage" on to them.

May the Lord grant that by our own lifestyle and the grace of God, our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren may be able to call to remembrance the faith of us, their parents and grandparents — the faith that is also with them.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, so many of us have been blessed to have been raised in a Christian home with Christian faith and traditions. We pray, Lord, that as we pass these on to our children, both they and we can also pass them on to their children and grandchildren. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Such a good and timely reminder Joel.

    Amen brother.
    We can hope.

    Thanks, Joel. A good reminder of wonderful parents and excellent Christian heritage.

    Joel, this was just wonderful to read! Thank you, God has blessed you and you have blessed us.

    I love how you are passing on the saws — with the added paintings — or as I see it… your addition to the family line of faith.

    Thank you Joel for sharing this with us many of us were raised differently but now in Christ can relate. Thank you again very uplifting. Blessings on your week

    Hi Joel:
    Every time I read one of your devotionals, it speaks to me. I want to encourage you to keep on writing. It is truly a gift from God and I, for one, am glad you share that gift with me.

    Thank you Joel! As I started reading, I was hoping you weren’t going to do away with those beloved saws, and was thinking “Paint a scene on them”….and can you imagine the huge smile that graced my face upon reading further to see you are doing just that! What a wonderful gift you are giving your grandchildren, for the saws with their scenes will evoke tales and memories of the person and his character that was your father, their great grandfather. God Bless you.

    Greetings Joel: I identified with the two saws being passed on. My father left the same to me, who has very little carpenter skills, when we moved, I left two large toolboxes with my oldest son and when he moved they ended up at my Son-in-law’s. (who has woodworking aspirations). However when they work on a project now it is like all the young bucks, power saws, power drills, power nail guns. They do not have time for the fine old ways and tools.
    God bless you in your ministry.

    Good word today Joel. My parents stopped attending church when I was very young, but I started going by myself and they allowed me to do so. Even without an active faith however, my dad gave me a wonderful heritage in the fact that he always did exactly what he said he would do. I do not have one memory of dad ever not carrying through on a promise. This heritage has always been a great blessing to me as it made it easy for me to always believe that if my earthly father was so faithful, that my heavenly Father would also always carry through on His promises, no matter what, which in turn is something I have tried to pass along to my children.

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