Anne Lamott

Isn't this thought humbing? In a hundred years from now, most every person we know at this moment will be gone (unless they are a baby now and end up being one of the few who live past 100, of course).

I think this quote is especially sobbering when thinking about the process of passing on the faith. If in 100 years there are all new people, and if 100 years ago, there was an entire different group of people, then the importance of every single person serving as a faithful storyteller of the gospel from one generation to the next just can't be underestimated. It actually blows my mind that God entrusts human souls with such an enormous responsibility...to tell the story of Jesus with conviction, with belief, with joy and with sorrow. And that with the Holy Spirit, this holy story takes root in some human hearts within every generation.

This is my favorite topic lately. I have been holding and planning retreats based on this theme of passing on the faith. And the stories I have heard from faithful storytellers are so real and honest and true. I've heard absolute miracle stories. I've heard redemption stories that came on the heels of dark valleys. Our God is alive and living and moving, from generation to generation, and he uses us, like little threads from one generation to the next to spread His good news of Jesus Christ. Just think of that. He takes us way more seriously than we take Him.

3 comments:

sembatgirl said...

We should connect: Can we have a phone date? I'm teaching a 5 week adult class in Jan-Feb entitled "Will Our Children Have Faith?" Would LOVE to pick your brain...

Elsa said...

I'm so glad to hear your viewpoint on this, Becca. We've been blessed to have parents and grandparents who passed on The Story to us. I often wonder if I'm doing a good enough job passing it on to my children with the sort of conviction my parents possessed. But thank goodness for the powerful love of God who comes through each generation with His Truth and has the ability to penetrate all things with His written Word. May we continue to read it and tell the stories to our children and others as well.
Thanks for sharing, Becca!

Becca Groves said...

Jenn, YES. phone date. I'll email you.

Elsa, THANK YOU! Yes, The Bible! The word of God...it amazes me how that book absolutely speaks for itself for those who will read it. God's truth convicts, and it's all there for everyone to read. (and elsa, I've got to say I just plain love hearing from you!)