Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mammy's Prayer

In our prayer group, many of us possess written documentation of our grandparents' faith. What a treasure! This is Mammy's prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You this a.m. for the blessings of another day. We thank Thee for being permitted to meet at this home for prayer service to help each other.
Fill each heart with love for Thee and may each heart go up to Thee in praise and thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received from Thy bounteous hand.
Help us dear Father to love Thee more and serve better.
Bless this meeting and may much good be done and give us a Baptism of Thy Holy Spirit.
Forgive us our sins. Bless all for whom we should pray, the sick and afflicted and the needy.
We pray in Jesus' Holy Name.
Written by Mrs. W.O. Wilson (Mammy, 1844-1934)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How Will They Know?

"...Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven."
Luke 10:20 (NIV)

How will they know?

In my family, we are blessed to have received a Godly heritage that has been passed down from one generation to the next. The evidence is recorded in letters, Bible notations, and the living out of faith.  All are sweet discoveries for me to know that there have been many praying ancestors in my family tree.

Clearly the written word is important to God since Jesus tells us to "rejoice that your names are written in Heaven." Luke 10: 20 (NIV). Many examples exist in Paul's letters in the New Testament where he continually encourages the saints.  They are written letters, that we have the privilege to read and be encouraged, also.

Many resources are available so that your descendants will know and understand the depth of your faith. There are prayer journals, scrapbooks, letters, Bible notations, and many other ways to record your walk with the Lord for your loved ones to read. And while "oral history" (the telling of faith stories) is important also,  the written stories are more lasting for future generations to read.

Let's pray for every grandmother to make a commitment to begin writing down her walk with the Lord for her descendants.

And so, I ask you: "How will they know?"

I love your praying hearts!