Remembering My Family Heritage
My cousin Sandy Sheridan maintains a delightful and encouraging blog named:Verses From Mama— hearing God speak one Bible verse at a time.
Recently, Sandy blogged about our common Grandfather John Thomson. I encourage you to check it out.
Grandpa Thomson, as I called him, is literally the patriarch of our family. He, and his godly wife Henrietta, raised their family of three children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). All three of their children (including my father) became Christians and raised Christians families of their own. This third generation is the generation that Sandy and I are members of. All surviving members of our generation have professed Christ as savior, reached adulthood, and are now raising Chritian families of their own.
Grandma & Grandpa Thomson loved their family deeply. Though they have left this earthly realm, and are now at home with their Lord; we who are left behind continue to benefit from their godly example and legacy. One of my most cherished memories from my teenage years is from a weekend I spent with them in their home. The weekend was not an “exciting” weekend– we did not go skying or to a major league ball game– it was a simple, quiet weekend. However, that weekend made an indelible mark on my life…
When we sat down for a simple lunch grandpa prayed, thanking God for the meal. During his prayer he simply and quickly mentioned every family member by name. Including me. This made an impression on me. When I asked about this afterwards I discovered that this was their daily practice– to pray for every family member every day! Wow. See Philemon 1:4 and 1 Thessalonians 1:2.
God has, and continues to, answer their daily prayers– prayers that were made in simple faith. James 5:16.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. ~~ Psalm 16:6 ESV
Thank you Lord for the godly family heritage that you have given to me. Praise be to God!
Thank you Sandy for your great post!