"Oh my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from old -- what we have heard and known, what our fathers have taught us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power and the wonders He has done."
I so appreciate the hand-me-downs we receive for our children. Our hearts are thankful that friends have thought to share their children's clothes with our children. It's so much fun to receive a box or bag full of hand-me-downs. We go through them excitedly, looking at the treasures being handed down to us. Each time one of our cherubs wears a hand-me-down item, we say a prayer for the family that gave it to us.
We are so joyful when we carefully pack up gently worn clothes and GIVE hand-me-downs to another family. It is so much fun preparing a big bag of "gently worn" clothes to hand down to another child. Our cherubs get so excited when they know one of their favorite outfits that no longer fits them is being given to someone else.
Recently during our morning devotions with our cherubs, I was reading Psalm 78:1-4 above. We were discussing how Daddy and I want to tell them about the faithfulness of God that we have seen, the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power and the wonders He has done in our lives. And then they can tell their children and so on and so on from generation to generation. As we were talking about this, Joshua nonchalantly but poignantly said, "It is just like hand-me-downs, Mom!"
This mommy's heart was delighted by our son's analogy. Yes, indeedy, it is just like hand-me-downs! Just as we receive and give clothing hand-me-downs, we want to pass down the most significant treasure of our lives...the heritage of a personal relationship with our living God. We want our children and their children and their children...for generations to come...to be clothed in His garment of salvation and His robe of righteousness. May we, our children and our future generations be clothed with our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. This legacy is the most precious kind of hand-me-downs.
"Clothe yourselves with the
Lord Jesus Christ..."
"I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness..." Isaiah 61:10
"...so the next generation would know...then they would put
their trust in God"
Psalm 78:6, 7
"...with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations."