We’re beginning a short series for mentors, mothers, aunts, and grandmothers. We are all called to impact the next generation.
My friend Twila secretly made this Shutterfly book for her daughter,
to tell the story of her grandson,
We are all called to remember ways God has worked in our lives,
and in the lives of our forefathers,
passing them on,
“so that the next generation would know,
even the children yet unborn.”
THE STORY OF HENRY
Mommy went to the doctor.
The doctor said,
“The little nest
is breaking apart.
There is no baby.
We need to
clean out the nest.”
to let us
Though the first doctor made a mistake (and sent his faulty records to the next doctor), God was watching over Henry, and guiding his mother. She listened and obeyed. And “Nana” recorded it so that he would know, and so that the next generation might know, even the children yet unborn.
I’m hoping you might invite those who need this series and also those who have raised faithful children to jump in and share their thoughts as we mentor one another. E-mail them or share on social media. And please pray too — I certainly was not a model parent and am not a model grandparent — but I am learning, and I am also learning from others who are wiser. Please pray for me and those participating.
On a wonderful “blog sisters” note twelve (TWELVE!) of you came to Ohio this weekend and we had an absolutely wonderful time getting to know one another on a face to face level — pictures are to come, but it was great. All were wonderful. Mary E was able to come — having gone off the cancer med that was making her so sick for a two week respite. She was as lovely as we have come to believe — as were others. Laura Dancer, AT LEAST FOR ME, was a surprise! (Now that I’ve met her face to face I feel I can tease her like that for I can hear her laugh! Despite the enormous load she carries in her life, she faces it with joy and humor.) We must do this again sometime somewhere, (some of you will do it on the cruise!) for it was wonderful. Chris orchestrated it all, drove me two hours out of her way to the airport, and brought food — as did Nancy and Susan (I’m probably missing some helpers). We prayed together. Nancy and Laura-Dancer brought their daughters. Pictures to come! I am also so grateful for prayers — God certainly was gracious. All my planes were on time, my voice held up, and except for Friday night when I spoke to leaders, I had energy for this five day trip with so much speaking in Fargo and Ashland. Most of all I sensed His amazing quickening. Thank you!
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. Can you think of a Shutterfly (or other company) book you might make for a child or children to pass on a story? In a sentence, what would be the story?
Monday-Wednesday: Bible Study (Psalm 78)
This is a long psalm, so we will only take the first part.
3. Read Psalm 78:1-8.
A. How does the opening verse show the importance of what the psalmist (Asaph – my favorite) is about to tell them?
B. How is a “parable” or a “story” to pass on different than simply teaching didactic truths?
C. What, according to verse 4, does God want us to do?
D. What reason, according to verses 6-8 is given for this command?
God is angry with Ephraim, whom He blessed, but forgot His works. On a personal note this is interesting to me for I live in a village named Ephraim, whom its believing founders named because she was so beautiful, for one meaning of Ephraim is “doubly fruitful.” (Joseph named his son Ephraim for God made him “doubly fruitful” in the land of his suffering.)
That generation had a deep faith but today, by and large, Ephraim has drifted from the faith of its fathers. Two little churches are on the hill — one is open only in the summer for tourists, and the other is endeavoring, through the guidance of a new pastor, to find its way back to the faith of its founding fathers. What happened to the Ephraim of old and to this little Ephraim? I know part of the problem for both was prosperity — for Christianity moves away from wealth. Wealth makes people feel a lack of need for God.
Also, as we read the history of both, we know that there were enormous failures morally, and failures to pass on the torch. They forgot His works and the wonders He had shown them. We are so prone to forget. I think one of the reasons that Ann VosKamp’s One Thousand Gifts is so paradigm changing is because she took the concept we all know of the importance of being thankful, and put it to a poetic story that moved our hearts to see HOW LIFE-CHANGING keeping a list of thanks could be. I keep a list now, and it is helping me.
4. What comments do you have on the above paragraph and why?
5. If you were to thank God for three simple things from yesterday, what would they be?
6. I think it is important to get together as a family at least a few times a week, and over a meal. We were able to keep suppers pretty regular and that was our best time. For some it is breakfast or bedtime or a weekly family night. Here is when we tell our “stories,” ways that God moved in our life that day, or ways He rescued His people in the past. Here is when ask questions and listen. We also need to do this all through the day, as we walk by the way, when we rise and when we lay down… If you have children in the home, how are you endeavoring to make this happen and how?
7. Read Psalm 78:9-16 and list some of the works they forgot.
8. What are some acts of God in your life that you must never forget? List three stories with one summary sentence for each.
Scot Sherman: A Song for Children
This is a Presbyterian pastor (and the sermon is very Presbyterian) from the Monergism site. What I loved about it is how he caught passing on “the story.” There is static in the beginning but it disappears fairly soon.
If the player above does not work, go to this site and choose the first sermon: http://www.monergism.com/search?keywords=psalm+78&format=All
9. Share your comments and notes.
10. What is your take-a-way and why?