"For the Lord is good, and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalms 100:5 NIV
On a recent visit back to Indiana, my brother Greg and I talked with our mom about family and things we remembered about them. The conversation eventually led to our great-grandma Lena (born 1889), a tough-as-nails woman who raised nine kids by herself when her husband died. While I don't remember it, I have been told she chewed plug tobacco -- without teeth, and smoked a corncob pipe. But, I remember that despite being blind in her old age, she made delicious chicken and dumplings for our annual family reunions. She has left behind a legacy of stories still shared among generations of the family some 40 years after her death.
We all probably have similar stories, passed down through the generations. But God’s goodness and love have stretched from every age beginning with Adam and Eve to the current day. The Bible is filled with the stories of His faithfulness to us when we have not remained faithful to him. Like the family stories passed down through the generations, we too must declare to the next generations. They must hear of God’s faithfulness. Satan would be happy if we did not share our faith, to let the stories of God’s faithfulness to us fade away, by doing nothing, he wins. I do not mean that God will stop being faithful, but that without our faith being passed to the next generation, we fail in our commission and deny others the opportunity to have a meaningful relationship with our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
God of all things, we give you thanks for your love and faithfulness to us. Even when we have faltered and failed, your love remains steadfast. Father, please help us as we share the joy of our relationship with you. Bless our words when we speak so that the coming generations may come to know you and recognize your faithfulness. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.