Psalm 78:1-8, The Message

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“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.

This theme of passing things along to the next generation has been running through a lot of my reading lately. I wrote about it a bit on November 6 and the need to be intentional with relationships.

Today, I'm struck by this idea of passing along the stories of “the marvelous things he has done.”

It reminds me of a conversation that I had with my son a few years ago. He asked, “Dad, how do you do it?”

“How do I do what?”

“You coming alongside people in some of the hardest things in their life. How do you keep believing in God?”

“That's a really good question. I think what happens is that every time I walk through one of those seasons of life with people I learn something new and I learn something that I also need to let go of. But, I bring with me the things that I've learned in the past about God too. Nothing happens in a vacuum. So, I have this whole history with God that I bring with me and that history teaches me how to hold on in the midst of the hurt.”

“Oh. That's deep.”

“I'm a well.”


“You'll get it some day.”

As I meditate on this verse today I am reminded how important it is to share with our children the stories of where we have seen God care for us and provide for us. The stories of God's faithfulness in the midst of our struggles.

It's the struggle that makes the provision beautiful.

The question I'm thinking about today is, “Do I remember how God has cared for, provided for, and done marvelous works in my life?”


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