One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4 (English Standard Version)
This post is being written at our family reunion in Hershey, PA.
It was good seeing the different relatives from my wife’s (father’s) side-folk I’ve just seen, and those I haven’t seen in a while. At the celebratory banquet homage was paid to those who’ve transitioned, the living elders, and to the younger generation. We also heard an informative genealogical presentation as well!
The constant theme I heard this weekend was the faith in God that the elders had. It was this faith that the elders-both transitioned and living-had which was-and is-that sustaining force that kept everyone all through the years. The above Scripture summed it all up nicely!
Now, we see a new generation of family that includes my son and his cousins. In the years to come they too will hear the deeds of the Creator in the family’s life. This is important since in our present age our youth can become jaded and cynical towards life with all they see and hear around them. They need to have that same faith in God; that trust; that fidelity in God. That God can be trusted to sustain them all the days of their lives, just as He/She sustained the elders beforehand. I hope that when this new generation has their children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces they too will share that story with the young of their day.
I finish this post at home now. All who were at the reunion most likely are at their homes by now. Photos, videos, happy memories, and souvenirs we take home with us. However, I believe that theme of faith in God was taken home as well. And that regardless of one’s beliefs, that theme will resonate in their heart so they too can reflect on the deeds of God from generation to generation.