Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments.
Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
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I have no "descendants." No children. No dependents on my IRS forms. The idea of feeling responsible to the generations that will live after me does not have any blood-related link to any face. But I do know some little faces of both friends and strangers that leap beyond blood through water. I have gotten better at recycling. I have become more aware of the connection between early childhood education and giving a generation a key opportunity to move out of a cycle of poverty. I work really hard not to scare children or drop babies on their heads. I fear what would happen to me if I did. Wherever our concern beyond ourselves starts, our responsibility to the next generation is urgent. Knee-high they look up to us trusting that we are as grateful to God as they are for the next thing that caused them to squeal in delight. Their delight is in the hands of all of us whether we are parents or not.
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Holy God, give us a vision of the new Kingdom we can hasten by our unselfish grace today. Amen.
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For anyone interested, I have published a copy of Lenten devotions based on one of my freighter trips. I had printed this privately many years ago - I created a large print version for my congregation this year. It is available for purchase publically. The title is Passage: A freighter passenger's Lenten Devotions. It is available at Amazon but if you purchase it at this page: (https://www.createspace.com/6903620) Enter this discount code at check out: YTVW3JZN and you will receive a 50% discount.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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