The Gifts of Ancestors

It was a luncheon for art collectors in New York City. Only the affluent were invited to attend. One lady sitting next to a rabbi asked, “Did you know that one of my ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence?”
“No, I did not,” he replied. “And did you know that one of mine signed the Ten Commandments?”
Tracing ancestors back hundreds of years has become an interesting hobby for many individuals. The idea of knowing one’s relatives and where they came from is interesting, and at times fascinating. And for some, it is a reason for pride while others are embarrassed.
Many parents take great pride in telling their children about their ancestors; who they were, where they came from and what they accomplished. But, no doubt, there are far more who cannot tell where their children were last night or what they were doing.
The Psalmist said, “How happy are those who fear the Lord – and follow His ways!” This psalm clearly describes the benefits and blessings that God grants a family that follows His teachings and honors Him in all that they do. His values described in this psalm include love, service, honesty, integrity and prayer. They are the essential elements for every healthy relationship – especially family relationships that last into eternity. 
The greatest legacy parents can leave their children is one of family Bible-reading, praying and church going.

Prayer: Father, we pray that all families everywhere will place You and Your Word at the center of their home and honor You with family worship and praise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 128

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