From Generation to Generation

“However many blessings we expect from God, his infinite liberality will always exceed our wishes and our thoughts.” – John Calvin

On a recent trip to a South Asian country, my hustand and I attended worship services in a language we couldn’t understand. What we did understand, though, was the loving hearts of parents who brought us their children, asking that we pray for them. They trusted our prayers would be heard and their children would be blessed.

When Jesus was here on earth, there were mothers and fathers who brought their young ones to him for the same reason. If you are a parent, you understand. Who would not want his/her child to be blessed by God?

I remember, years ago now, sitting in the rocking chair, soothing my babies to sleep and praying over their fuzzy heads that God would bless them. I’m sure many of you have done the same. You know what? We can still bring our children to Jesus for blessing even if they’re not babies anymore

One of my favorite signs of God’s blessing was on his own Son – no longer a child, but all grown up. Can you imagine the joy in Jesus’ heart when he heard from heaven, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased”? As a young man, Jesus was experiencing his father’s blessing because he was was making him proud.

God doesn’t stop blessing us just because we’re grown up. We’re still his kids! So, let’s not stop asking for God to bless our children. And let’s ask him to bless us, too. We never outgrow our need for his goodness toward us.

“Give thanks to him and bless his name! For the Lord is good, his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalm 100:4b-5

2 thoughts on “From Generation to Generation

  1. Hi Bev– This brought tears to my eyes—asking for God’s blessing for our babies…throughout their lives. I am working on memorizing Psalm 78—what a beautiful Psalm talking about passing on the stories of God’s provision and love to the next generation who should pass it on to their children and on to those not even yet born. It is a wonderful picture of what you were talking about here. Love to you– Brenda

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    • Brenda – Thank you for your sensitive response. The older I get, the bolder I am becoming about asking for God’s blessing for myself and those I love. Memorizing Psallm 78? That’s an ambitious task, but it does, as you said, speak to the concept of passing our spiritual history, God’s love, and His blessings from one generation to another. I am sure you do it well! – Bev


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