Advent 2023 – Day 24

Today our Advent series on “A Legacy of Faith” draws to a close. Tomorrow, we celebrate Christmas, but before you rip open packages and eat too much candy, take time for one last thought.

When my husband and I moved to our retirement community, we downsized with great effort. There were many things we had saved for years but our children were not interested in inheriting the 100-year-old Singer sewing machine or Gene’s grandmother’s quilts or the china passed down from Emily’s great-grandfather. Those things will rust, fray or break. What we know of Christ will never disintegrate.

What will you pass on as your legacy? Who will benefit from the things you have learned from family and friends about faith?

We don’t know for certain who wrote Psalm 71. It carries a title, “Prayer of an Old Man for Deliverance.” The author asks for deliverance not because he is afraid to die, but because he wants to pass on all he has learned about the Lord. Ps. 71:17-18 reads “O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.”

That is my prayer for myself but also for you as we begin a new year. Celebrate Christ’s birth but also celebrate the new life we have received in Jesus. Share all he has done with those who follow in our footsteps!

Merry Christmas!


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