Reading: Matthew 1: 1-17
Do you know your ancestry? Have you ever traced your family tree to find out where you came from? I personally have not, but my dad traced both sides of my family back to when they came to America. Doing genealogical research can be time consuming, especially considering that they did not keep records back then as well as we do today.
We should take pride in our heritage. The people who came before us paved the way for what we are today. Many times, they were trend setters and trail blazers. They did things that hadn't been done before. They were pioneers.
One day I went to my grandmother's gravesite with my grandfather. He wanted to check the flowers on her grave. We also took time to look at gravesites of some of my other relatives. My grandfather told me how they were related to me and recounted stories he remembered about those people. It was a neat experience for me.
Matthew's first chapter tells us about the genealogy of Jesus Christ. While most people may think it is boring, it is neat to see the ancestors of our Lord and Savior. What a history! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss with another or meditate on this quote by Jean-Paul Sartre, "There may be more beautiful times, but this time is ours."
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