- Who has been most influential in helping you grow in your faith?
- Can you share stories about your relatives (particularly grandparents) in how they influenced your faith?
- How do you influence the faith of others?
Reading: Psalm 128
My maternal grandparents were married for 60 years and a day. My grandmother died the day after they celebrated their 60th anniversary. She was in ill health and I really think she wanted to make it to that milestone before she passed away.
My paternal grandparents were married for 53 years. As a young boy, I remember going to their 50th anniversary celebration. The entire family and many of my grandparents' friends joined them at this auspicious occasion.
My family lived away from both sets of grandparents. I didn't see them too much growing up but I still have fond memories of them. When I look at all four of my grandparents, I see men and women of extreme faith. They served their congregations in various positions. They sang old hymns, both in church and in the home. And, their love of God was passed down to their children, my parents, and then to me and my sister. I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a Christian family, learning Christian values, being shown Christian love.
I often think of others who were not as blessed. Some have been fortunate enough to learn about God's love later in life. But others still have no idea. It is unfortunate that they have not seen or heard about the Light of the World. I wonder what we could all do about that? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray for a faith influence in your life, or for those who need to see the light.