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Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27: Ask Questions


NOTE TO SELF: As a faithful reader, you know that my mother recently died in May. I don’t know much about my mother’s life before I entered the picture. I never asked because she seemed so bitter over her past and I didn’t want to trigger a bad memory, which would have ultimately triggered a bad attitude and experience with her.

I don’t know a lot about my family history, where my family came from, what their beliefs were, or where I fit into the picture. Most of the time I just felt plopped into this crazy, dysfunctional family with no real purpose. A lot of times I felt lost, and often times completely confused about my place in the family.

I had no real relationship with my father’s parents, and once my parents divorced, I felt misplaced in his new family and life. So I relied heavily on my mother’s side of the family for answers and a place of belonging. But I knew nothing about their history. And over the years that has left a huge void in my life.

The early Jewish people had a tradition of retelling stories. They memorized the books of Moses and retold them to their children and passed them along to future generations. God commanded them to do this so that their children would understand their purpose and God’s plan for their own lives. Those stories told an amazing account of being chosen and loved by the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

We need to tell our children who we are, where we came from, and begin practicing traditions that have been long forgotten over the years. More and more, in these modern times, we forget where our ancestors came from, and we also neglect to tell our children their history and reasons for being here with us today.

If you are unsure of your own history…start asking questions!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, refresh our memories of who we are and where we came from. Help us to tell our stories to our children so they can tell their children. Remind us to tell Your story, too. Let us not forget to tell our children how You chose US and brought us out of darkness. Amen.

JOURNAL: Start a Family History Journal to share with your children one day. If you need some prompting, see these 35 prompts.

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