My grandmother was blind and she once sewed black pockets on my Dad's brown coat and made him wear it to school. He never said anything because he didn't want to hurt her feelings. She used to put her thumb in a tea cup when she poured tea so she could see how full it was.
I never met my grandfather but I did meet my grandmother once when I was 14. When I came into the room she pulled me onto her ample lap and praised God for me.
These are stories I share with my children and will tell my grandchildren. These stories are part of who I am.
There are other stories I must be sure to share, one of them goes like this;
'By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned. Hebrews 11:24-29.
Beautiful story of our heritage to put down. True accounts of what a mighty God I serve. I have a whole book of them.
I have an ancestor who was given the task of naming all the animals, one who led mighty armies in faith, one who killed a giant with a small stone, one who built a magnificent temple, one who led an army around a city and its walls fell down, one who killed a lion and a bear; story after story and one special story greater than all the rest, of a God who loved us so much that He sent His Son to die on Calvary in our place.
Put that in when you make up your family tree and when you give the history on your family's past. Breathe out those words of love and share them until they penetrate deep. There is no greater legacy to leave those who follow after.
|My Paternal Grandparents in Holland.|