Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Heritage is So Much More

I am surrounded by tangible memories of my heritage. The house in which my husband and I live is the house my grandparents built, the house in which my dad was born, the house where I went as a child for sleepovers at my grandparents and is the house in this photo. I remember my grandma's parakeets, her bay window full of violets (I did not inherit her green-thumb - I have a black-thumb of death, so there are no violets in my window!), I remember my grandma baking in the kitchen and giving us fresh-from-the-oven homemade bread with peanut butter on it for a treat! My husband and I raised our two children in this house and now our grandsons come here for sleepovers. It has been in my family for almost 100 years. As I said, I am surrounded by wonderful memories and my family heritage.

But, heritage is far more than a house; more than sweet memories. It is also about leaving a legacy of faith for our children and grandchildren - and if we are so blessed, our great-grandchildren. A house will not last forever (even if it does last 100 years or more), and memories are able to be forgotten, but a heritage of faith will endure from one generation to the next if we are faithful to hand down this heritage which truly matters. It will last, because it is built upon a sure foundation - the truth of God's Word and the faithfulness of God. In Matthew 24:35 we read -
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 
And in John 10:27-30 we read -
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
God's Word is true and it is where we learn about this heritage of faith and He is faithful - He will absolutely do what He has promised to do and He promises to give eternal life and says no one will take us out of His hand. This is the vital heritage of faith which we need to hand down and when we do, it matters, because it lasts. It lasts, not because of anything we say or do, but because of the One in whom we place our faith and in His faithfulness and reliability. 

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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