“Consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land” (Deuteronomy 11:2-3). There will be a generation that follows you that did not see what you have seen and you must pass it on. And you must get it right.
In the fifth grade, Mrs. O’Donnell tried to teach the class a song. She got it all wrong. I told her that. In fact, I sang it for her, so she’d know how it was supposed to sound. Except Mrs. O’Donnell had a record by the original artist and she played it and she was right and the class laughed. In the fifth grade, I learned my dad had his own way of singing songs. When you haven’t heard the original artist, you count on your dad to get the song right. He didn’t.
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth” (Deuteronomy 11:18-21). Your children are counting on you to get it right. And if you don’t get it right, make it right.
Father God, Thank You for all You do. Thank You for Your Word which tells me Your story, about Your faithfulness from generation to generation. Thank You for Your church, the family of God, that surrounds me with Your love and grace.
You have given me Your Good News. May I share it well, may I share it accurately, may I share it in action and word. God, I pray that the picture I show of You by my life will be accurate and true, that I will sing it right and well, and compel others to love and follow You.