I have spent the past few days with my grown daughter and her family. Yes her family. I have come to realize that though I am a big part of her life and family, she has established herself as the woman of her own house. This is as parents what we want our children to do. We want our daughters and sons to make a life for themselves. Even though this is the correct order of the universe, it is a bit saddening No I am not having that empty nest thing, she has been married for seven years this Spring. What gets me is that it seems in a blink that she went from being a little girl to a mother.
As I was watching my grand-daughter play it hit be rather like a clap of thunder. I was looking at my daughter. It is not just that my grand-daughter favors her mother in looks, but her mannerisms, way of speaking and in many other small ways. She is my daughter’s mini carbon copy. Then she looked at me. As she did, she said something that was familiar to me. She has my mannerisms and chose the words I would have used. As we teach our children about life, God and send them off into the world, we send bits of ourselves out with them. Not just us, but our parents and ancestors are there in small fragments. We are truly entirely connected through time.
Us, the entire human race is connected by this thin thread of humanity that runs between us. Pieces of the past generations that travel with our children to the future. We are all part of each other. When we harm, disparage, or mistreat another person we are inadvertently harming ourselves. This is the way God intended us to be. All part of the same family of God, all connected to each other. It would stand to reason that if we are connected in the physical body by genetics that our souls are connected by spiritual genetics.
How are we connected at the soul level? That is a mystery of God. Through out each changing season and each generation we continue to live. Our history, our tears, our happiness, it all goes with them in a small significant way. I challenge you to think about the possibilities of this mystery, as this old year passes and a new one begins. What will you send with your children?
As time keeps moving up forward and as we go, let’s be kind to one another.
“And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven…” Gen 26:4