Have you inherited anything from your grandparents? What were your memories of the older generations? Do you still have your childhood pictures somewhere?
In preparation of my wedding’s reception slide show, I needed old time pictures to begin the telling of my birth ’til now story. My childhood albums were all kept in my parents’ home. Crystal, my dear sister, kindly spent all her weekend looking for those pictures, and then scanning and emailing them over to me – one by one. And so one after another, the pictures showed up in my inbox. Eager like a child reacting to the wonders of her grandmother’s treasure box, I checked out the pictures. And my heart… it overflows with unsaid prayers and thanksgiving.
It was just 40 years, my family has already had four generations of faith stories to tell. Like many families, my family is far from perfect. There were brokenness, heart-breaking matters, unreasonable life situations, irreconcilable differences, economic hardship, and so on, and so forth. But, there were also loving confrontations between family members, acceptance of each other, forgiveness, endurance, pooling of family resources, faith prayers, intercessions, praise and worship… and above all, the intervention and grace from our Lord God, that the family actually managed to thrive together until this day. It is amazing that no matter what happened in the past, my family indeed grow old together.
So, growing old together in harmony is not the point. Growing old together seeing God putting His finger on family members and answering fervent prayers regarding family issues is the reason to persist, the reason for going on.
Growing old together with Christ as the Head of the household is a privilege. It’s an unearned legacy for people through all generations, but only those who have an understanding about it, and want it would inherit it. It’s indeed the greatest Family Story of all times that God actually purchased us – we and our household -by the blood of His Son Lord Jesus Christ, so that we could become His own.
Therefore, instead of feeling disheartened or wanting to give up under difficult family situations, let’s continue to choose Him above all, love Him above all, celebrate Him above all, and grow old together in Him.
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
“One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” – Psalm 145:4.
“For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations… Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation.” – Psalm 22:28, 30
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21