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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Lineage of Grace

Genesis 36:1-19, 1 Chronicles 1:35-37, Genesis 36:20-30, 1 Chronicles 1:38-42, Genesis 36:31-34, 1 Chronicles 1:43 thru 2:2

Wow. Today’s reading was a little tough.

We read about some descendants. And then we read about some more.

After I finished our reading I went to find a study Bible to see if it had a little nugget I could share with you regarding all of Esau's descendants.

I did not find the Bible I went looking for, but I did find something else. My grandmother’s Bible.

As I opened it up I saw where she had recorded all of my ancestors, the dates they were born, and the places they lived.

It was my family tree. My ancestors. My history.

I am so blessed to have a Godly heritage. I know not everyone does. But my grandmother was truly a woman in love with her God. She talked it and she walked it, so much so that when I was 11 years old I was moved to ask for her Bible when she passed away. It was the Word… her Word she lived her life by.

October 30, 2006 she went home to be with Jesus. A few months before she left us, she called me into her room and reached down and picked up her Bible and gave it to me.

I remember it like it was yesterday. She was so happy to finally pass it on to me.

I opened it and read these words that were penned by her on November 18, 1984; the day I shared with her I wanted her Bible.

Tina,

Always live just as the words in this precious book says. And be sure to meet me in Heaven.

Ma

I miss Ma. I miss hearing her yell Whoopie!! when her beloved Braves hit a home run.

But mostly, I miss hearing her bring every one of her family members every night to the throne room in prayer. What Godly woman. What a heritage.

You too are blessed if you have parents, grandparents and great grandparents who passed on the love of their God.

But if you don’t, then YOU can be that voice for your family. You can start today and leave a lineage of grace for your descendants. And they too will point back and remember how you were a woman, or man, who was in love with their God.






p.s. Does anyone have a Kleenex?

2 comments:

Pat Johns said...

Yes, I was wondering what your blog would be today after reading all those begats....as usual you have made me cry too......I also have a great heritage....my mother was born prematurely and not expected to live...my grandmother had a miscarriage before my mother's birth so when the doctor said my mother would probably die, my grandmother couldn't bear to lose another child so she put mother in a crib and did nothing...thankfully my grandfather nurtured her, prayed over her and walked her night and day...she survived, bonded with her dad.....he taught her the word...she adored my grandfather and fell in love with Jesus....she loved and nurtured me...I fell in love with Jesus...I loved and nurtured Mark...he fell in love with Jesus....Thankful for all the begats in my family.....thanks Tina.....

Unreasonable Grace said...

you were right. had to reach for a tissue.

that was a great connection to the passage that we skimmed today.

:)

kim