A simple discovery. A family treasure. It is true that “… we are a product of our parents and they are a product of their parents, and so on…” says Don Baar who has been working on building a family tree for some years. When he mentioned 2,800 individuals, I was awed. One morning, sitting with Don and some friends between services at church a conversation came up about contemporary issues related to immigration and from that was birthed this episode, Legacy – A Revealing Discovery of Faith and Values . A story of immigration from the 1840’s or so from Holland to America. I was struck by the discovery of a pocket size notebook that contained a letter with the details of the journey from Europe to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The experience of deep painful loss for the pursuit of something more made bittersweet through a legacy of faith and identity that continues today. A memory made known that inspires Don to share with youth the importance of family each year at Timothy Christian Schools.
Listen closely. Perhaps your family has hidden treasures that will be recalled… perhaps stories yet untold to children that might be forgotten but for the desire to leave something of greater value, a faith that transcends generations and the importance of remembering those who went before us.