Do I have to?
I don’t want to.
But I must do. To stand up and tell my children and my children’s children. It’s important.
I do not want them to repeat the sins of the past generations. I will stand guard over their hearts and minds. I will tell them of the God who set the stars in motion. I will tell them of His Son, His Christ, Our Messiah, who came and bled and died and gave all for us. I will tell them of His Resurrection and the promise of return in a future generation- maybe theirs.
I will also tell them of the stumbling, the falling on the face failures that my family has experienced. I don’t want to. But I must do. Because I remember. All of it. It’s my story. Where I’ve come from, that shows the victory that is in me and in them is all the more precious for the remembering. So that we, like Paul can say:
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:4-7