The five-year-old undid her seatbelt without permission. The three-year-old giggled and squirmed with joy. Even Aunt Millie shoved her knitting into her bag before the car came to a complete stop. The family of God had been traveling through the desert for a very long time. To suggest they were ready to get out of the car and begin their new lives was an understatement.
“Hold tight, kids,” Grandpa Moses said. “Before you get out of the car, I have a few things you must learn. I need to know that you’re prepared to lead a life worthy of the One who brought us safely this far.”
His timing may have seemed off to the antsy kids in the backseat but Moses understood the connection between the history, present, and future of God’s chosen. God kept God’s promises and now God calls us to respond by faithful living and passing our heritage on to our children.
Holy One of Promises Kept, remind us with gentle and not so gentle nudges that we have an obligation to our children. Help us to pass on the magnificent story of your love as well as the science of your creation to every one of your children. Amen.
Rev. Tim Graves
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)