Remember the days of old; Consider the generations long past. Ask your father, and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. Deuteronomy. 32:7. 

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and now, I am sure, lives in you. 2 Timothy 1:5.

Today is All Saints day, which we will celebrate in our worship service this coming Sunday. We often honor those we know who have died during the past year, as well as remembering all those who have gone before. The word “All” includes those that are beloved by others too. This is a large group – Revelation 7:9 says a number beyond counting, from every nation and people and languages. From an article in the Living Lutheran: “Lutherans especially remember on this feast that it is God’s grace, apart from our works, that makes us saints. We find lasting rest only in the mercy of God.” (Benjamin Stuart, Nov. 2022)

We learn from those that came before us and remembered and shared the story. Moses reminds the people of the generations that came before them –  to ask their fathers and listen to their elders to be reminded of what God has done for them. Then, we have Paul’s comments to Timothy – he has noticed Timothy’s sincere faith. How did that happen? It came through his immediate ancestors – his mother and his grandmother. It is our responsibility to become those teachers, to remember and tell the story of Jesus and His love.

Take a moment today and remember those who came before you, those who taught you and nurtured your faith.

Father God. Thank you for the generations of faith that have taught us how to be your children. You care for us as a loving parent. We are sorry when we are disobedient. Help us learn from our ancestors examples. Today we remember our loved ones, now with you, who are part of our faith lineage. Through their example, help us guide, care for, and deeply love those whom our lives touch each day.  Amen.

Chris Gabel