They are Gramsie’s cousins
A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my oldest brother and while there I read “Ten P’s in a Pod”. It is an interesting read.
Through out the book, there is the claim “Most unusual family in the world”. Maybe back then they were super unusual, but to me the girls sounded like “girls”. By “girls” I mean they really cared about how they looked. Sure I care about how I look, but not enough to get my hair done in the latest style, or to spend my family’s few dollars on books and magazines.
I felt like someone had edited the book. The family had memorized large portions of the Bible. The Bible was often quoted in the book and most of them had the reference in parentheses at the end. Enough of the verses didn’t though or also had the phrasing “in (book of the Bible)”
I felt like though at least the author wasn’t a hypocrite, the kind of life his family led could easily lead to hypocrisy. They traveled North America singing, encouraging people to read the Bible, quoting the Bible, and the father preached. I think that the family’s habit of all 10 year olds on up being in the Bible at least 2.5 hours stopped them from that fate.
Speaking of reading the Bible for 2.5 hours everyday. I don’t think it is necessary for normal people to read nearly that much. Personally for me most days I’ll get half an hour. For those who teach about the Bible, yes I think 2.5 hours is great, maybe consider more, but for most of us our job is to act out God’s Words and that requires taking our heads out of books, movies, computers, and instead helping others.
This Shabbot is coming far to slowly. Probably because I haven’t done hardly anything this week. I celebrate the Sabbath. I keep the seventh day of rest.
I know Saturday is the seventh day, because Sunday is the first day of the week.
God created the seventh day for resting on. It’s for resting from what is ordinary and spending time honoring God.
Some spend the day experiencing creation. God Made It!
Others spend the day discussing the Bible. God Wrote It!
There are those who merely come together in fellowship. God Recommended It!
A few spend the day serving others. God Commanded It!
There is no wrong way to do it. Just think about what God wants you to do and make sure it’s not your normal routine.
And if you can’t manage that focus on God’s word. Remember it.
Behold How Good And How Pleasant It Is For Brethren To Dwell Together In Unity.
What Christian Child hasn’t heard this before, I’ve heard it a lot, probably in part because I’m part of a large family, but I think it is well known even if you don’t.
Until I memorized the full psalm I didn’t really think about what the verse meant
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Then I realized that the last two verses were describing how good and how pleasant it is.
Dwelling in unity is as big of a deal the anointing of a high priest, THE FIRST HIGH PRIEST. That was kind of a huge deal. A once in a life time event.
And the third verse, God commanded the blessing. Wow.
It’s like he is saying we are carrying the anointment and spreading the dew, showing the world how it should be.
There are a lot of famous families in the Old Testament. In all honesty I’m very glad that most of them don’t live next to me. Jacob’s twelve sons were crazy. Abraham’s two oldest sons were okay I guess, but I don’t think I would have spent that much time with them if I could help it. And King David’s boys…
Listen if you want to not feel quite as bad about the way today’s youth are acting read about King David’s sons.
These are some of the most famous and most blessed families in the Bible, but on the surface they look like families I wouldn’t want to live near. God however didn’t look at what they were like when they were kids, or anything like that he looked at the leader of the family’s heart and decided
Don’t judge us young people by what we do, judge us by our parents and pray that we follow their example.
Last week I wrote about how missionaries are just people who let God guide them. This was brought to mind by a visit to my Mom’s Dad. This week we got an interesting book out of the library and it called to mind that you will take after your parents and so will your kids.
Unless you ask God to use you so much that your families atrocious habits don’t get passed on. Like my Dad’s parents did. On my Dad’s side my great grandparents were the sort of people I would rather not know about. There were divorces going back generations being “common” for these people even when it was a huge deal.
When my grandparents met both of them were on the route to become successful Christians. They decided to get married, have kids, and go into the missions field. (this is the point of the post where I could start name dropping like you wouldn’t believe)
Sadly they too eventually divorced, but only one of their kids did. (and I believe he stayed on good terms with her) There may have been marital stress, but no said our family was angelic. Their grand kids are married and have kids. Not all my Aunts and Uncles may be Christian, but they are all great people.
My grandparents turned their families future around by doing Gods will. They left a family that was part criminal and mostly awful, and made a family I am very proud to call mine.
I may not know them all super well, but I know we share some amazing ancestors.