– by Mary May Larmoyeux – As a friend and I ate lunch together, we talked about passing down family stories and how to tell them to the younger generations. Verse 4 of Psalm 78 says, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”
And the Bible paraphrase The Message words it this way (verses 1-4): “ … I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation—God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done.”
Yes, it is up to us to pass on family stories—especially ones about God intervening in our lives and homes. And doing this does not need to be complicated. We can share family stories with our children and grandchldren while washing dishes together, taking a relaxing walk, or going on a drive.
Maybe we’d like to write our stories down in a journal or record them for future generations. And we could even do something really simple—jot them down in our Bibles.
For years I’ve written things I want to remember in my Bible—births, weddings, deaths. Memories such as,“God protected my son from a terrible wreck when he did a 360 degree turn on a wet freeway and ended up in a ditch,” “God protected Jim when a car burst into flames 3-4 feet from a propane tank by his office,” “The offer on the house was accepted!” and on, and on, and on.
Every time I recount the countless ways God has protected and led our family, I’m reminded that He can be trusted not only for my future, but also for my children’s and grandchildren’s futures, too.
How do you remember the ways God has protected and led your family? What tips do you have for passing down family stories?
© 2013, 2017 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Would you like some creative ideas for grandparents? Then check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)