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From Generation to Generation
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
The psalmist wrote, “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.”
- Psalm 89:1 (NIV)
Generation after generation, we carry forth both favorable and unfavorable family traits. As we mature, we tell younger generations about the mistakes we have made in our lives and try to model the behavior we hope they will follow.
Recently, the fourth generation arrived in our family in the form of a healthy baby girl. Representing the oldest living generation, I reflected upon the current mental and spiritual health of our family. While many of our family members have suffered from worry and depression, they have exhibited their faith and strength in successfully overcoming these afflictions as they sought God’s help through professional counseling. Faith in God has been a family trait for generations and is now being introduced to the next.
Watching a family member repeat the mistakes of the past is difficult. But we live in the faith and the hope that those before us taught — those whose example is slowly working to produce healthier spiritual lives. By being faithful to God, telling our stories, and modeling a healthy behavior, we are slowly recognizing God’s “new thing” in our family.
Cynthia Piazza (New York, USA)
Thought for the Day
What am I teaching about God to the next generation?
Dear Lord, we thank you that you are trustworthy throughout all generations. Amen.
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