The Next Generation

April 27, 2017

Psalm 78:4 – We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. (NIV 2011)

As I write my book about my life from Bermuda to Vancouver Island, I am very aware that I am recording for "the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord." I am amazed at how often I feel so much at ease with everything that has happened to me, for the Lord has been guiding me all along in both my daily walk and in my writing. Have you experienced that delightful feeling when you return home after a busy day, aware that the Lord has guided you throughout all you had to do?

As a young deaconess, I can clearly recall arriving in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, up in the north, and discovering that I had both to preach and to play the organ, as the church there was without a minister or organist. I had never preached before, but I took to it quite well, for God had prepared me, and everybody thanked me afterwards. On discovering that I could preach, I decided to return to Toronto, Ontario, and attend Knox College to prepare for the ministry, as the Presbyterian Church was by then ordaining women.

The Lord was guiding my life in ways totally unexpected, and strengthening my resolve and my body to tackle my future as I served Him. Now, when writing my life story, memories come back to share with my readers and to help me recall with thanksgiving the Lord's guidance. Thank You, Lord!

Psalm 48:12,13b – Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers … that you may tell of them to the next generation. (NIV 2011)

These verses also tell us to recount God's activities to the next generation. As I write my life story, will the next generations after me read and understand? What I want them to know is how the Lord has led me all over Canada through the years. I count the towers — the places where He sent me to serve Him — and His mighty works that I can report.

I believe that this is where many of us are failing the Lord today: we are not relating the story to others of how God has led our lives. The next generations need to hear it. We need to pray that God will raise us all up in faith and trust so that we can tell the next generation our story of how God is leading us, and pray with them about their lives today.

Prayer: O Lord, forgive us for not passing on our life's stories. Increase our motivation to describe to the next generations how You have led us and blessed us, with much love and enthusiasm. It's amazing how, following Your guidance, we have been lifted up in ways that are worth narrating. Help us to open up, please, Lord. Amen.

About the author:

Iris Ford <iris_ford@telus.net>
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

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