Recently I had the opportunity to visit my Aunt Anne in Minneapolis. I knew that this would be my last visit with her. She was dying and was in hospice. Thankfully she was very alert and we had four wonderful days together that I will never forget.
Psalm 78 is a story in the form of a song that covers redemptive history up to the time of David. Asaph wrote the psalm in order to convey to future generations the great work the Lord had done for his people. History was not written down then as much as it was passed on orally from generation to generation. Around fires and tables families told stories so that new generations would know.
Two of the days I was in Minnesota I sat with my aunt and peppered her with questions about my extended family. She is the last of her generation and I had a sense that much would be lost if I did not take the initiative. She was very happy to answer my questions and I learned a great deal.
Learning about our family and our history is important. We always live in a context that impacts us –whether we know it at the time or not. As I listened to Aunt Anne some of the pieces of my life puzzle were put into place. Not all the pieces were positive; some I may wish I did not know. But even those showed the abundance of God’s grace to make me the man I am today.
I want to encourage you to be sure to share your family’s story with your children and grandchildren so that the coming generations will know the story of their family. It’s important we pass that information on. But even more important, be sure they know of your conversion and the work of God’s grace in your life. Redemptive history has not stopped and the God of the covenant continues to do his gracious and faithful work. Be sure the generations to come know of His great work in your life.
Have you shared your story with your children and grandchildren?