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Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)
TITLE: Small Legacys, Lifetime Traditions
By Sharon Hillary
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So many people are hunting down their past online these days. I myself, have been searching one of those genealogy sites for information on my great grandmother through my mother’s father. It’s important to know where you come from, more importantly, who you come from. There are some family traditions that should always be passed on to the generations following. One specific "tradition" would be worshiping and serving our Heavenly Father. This is more than a tradition and should be kept for every generation.
Unfortunately, this information isn’t posted on any web site. You find it in the daily practices of your grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles. By spending time with them and asking questions about their beliefs, convictions, and religious practices you will gain access not only to precious memories, but also a wealth of knowledge and insight gained from years of life experience. You’ll also build precious memories of your own. For example, my husband has spoken many times of experiences he shared with his grandfather in the garden. He treasures greatly the knowledge passed on by his grandfather and the times that they shared.
One of my favorite memories is sitting at the bar in my grandmother’s kitchen watching her make bread. I learned a lot from my grandmother just sitting there watching and listening. She would always have good advice. I learned my first lesson from the bible sitting at that bar. “Be good to others”, she would say,” and they’ll be good to you.” Another lesson concerned past actions coming back home. She would tell me,” Always remember, you’ll always get back what you give, good or bad.” My mother always told me that she shared the same memories. That’s where she learned to make bread.
I found myself remembering her and missing her and my mother today as my 18 month old daughter stood on a chair beside me at my counter watching me make bread for dinner. A few moments later, I was listening to a worship radio station and I turned from cooking dinner to see my daughter with her eyes closed and her hands raised, turning round and round! Blessed be the lord! Here comes the next generation! God’s Word says that we are watched by a great crowd of witnesses. I like to think that they’re our loved ones watching over us. I would have loved to see the look on their faces today as they watched their granddaughter carry on the family “tradition” of loving our Heavenly Father!
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