Quite a number of years before this, I crocheted a Nativity set with crochet cotton to put in my tree. On this particular year, four years ago, little Shane (two years old at the time) found the camel as we were taking ornaments out of the box to put on the tree. He smiled and said, "Moooo!" I told him it was a camel, not a cow and I was not really sure what a camel said, then was distracted and lost track of what Shane did with the camel.
Later as we enjoyed the decorated tree with the twinkling lights, I noticed the camel was missing - not really a huge surprise. It was nowhere to be found. Being only two, Shane did not have much, "light" to shed on the subject as to where the camel/cow may be found.
A month and a half later when we took the tree down the missing camel was found! Apparently, Shane had placed the camel way, way, way back in the branches on the back side of the tree. I was happy the camel had been found, and I enjoyed the reminder of how much fun it was for the boys to decorate the tree. Now, these four years later, it is nice to be able to enjoy such wonderful memories . . . truly gifts from God.
This reminds me of Psalms 78, because remembering and handing down is what Psalms 78 is talking about. It says the people of Israel forgot God. They did not remember, the older generations did not hand down the memories of how God showed Himself to be faithful and the younger generations forgot and did not know God.
It matters if we remember . . . fun family memories and more importantly, the truth about God. It matters if we hand down a heritage of faith. If we want our grandchildren to remember and know God for themselves, then we have to be focused on sharing the memories; sharing God's Word, so they will know, love and walk with God.
As this year ends and the next begins, be focused on remembering and sharing how God has shown Himself to be faithful to you. Share God's blessings - big and small. And most importantly, share God's Word, so your grandchildren will grow in their love for God and come to know and walk with Him for themselves.
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