A family’s witness is lasting, far beyond the moment a word is spoken, or written. On January 21, 1932, my Beloved Husband’s grandfather added a note to his will.
“To my dear family survivors; the greatest asset I can hand down to you is to commend you to the Lord Jesus Christ whom I have tried to serve from childhood. He is the only rock or foundation you can safely build or rely upon and you should love Him with all your Might.”
He knew, and told his family, how important our savior was in his life. He knew, and now I share with you, that Christ truly is the rock, the foundation we can build on that will last eternally.
He knew, as did Solomon:
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. (Proverbs 17:6 KJV)
He knew, as I do and I pray you do, too, that John wrote truth when he wrote:
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3 John 1:4 KJV)
At this time of thanksgiving, that is something to thank God, loudly and in front of those children, which my Beloved Husband did in church during our thanksgiving service. We pray it continues to their children, and their children’s children. We pray, as did David that God will grant mercy to us, and to them:
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; (Psalms 103:17 KJV)
He knew that the greatest legacy he could leave his children was open to all people, but he loved his children the most. The property he left has been sold, as was his father’s and generations ahead of them. But the love of God that he wrote of to his family remains and is passed from one generation to the next.
Some did not accept the message, from him or from the Lord. That remains true today. Some parents do not leave such a message, nor do they leave such a love, yet their children hear it from others.
A loving Christian family is not necessary to come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. It is, however a great blessing to be able to share that eternal message with the ones we love the most.
For that, we praise with Paul and include in our Thanksgiving:
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15 KJV)