Reading: Psalm 78: 1-7 (Click to read text)
Reflection: I have a pretty good knowledge of the church year. I grew up in the Lutheran Church, was taught the church year in Sunday School and it was reinforced during discussions at home. I get excited at this time of year, when I know that Reformation Day is here and we can sing my favorite hymn, "A Mighty Fortress." I also like All Saints Sunday, when we sing "For All The Saints" and remember those who came before us and those saints living among us.
This past Sunday, as we were driving to church, I told my almost five-year-old daughter about our church observance for that day. I told her it was All Saints Sunday and that we would be remembering those we knew who died and are in heaven now. I asked to recall any saints who are in heaven. At first, she wasn't sure, but I reminded her of my Aunt Norma Jean and Uncle Paul, the two relatives whose funerals she's attended.
At church, the children's sermon reinforced what I taught her and we also talked about it again at Sunday School. That night, when I asked her about her day, she didn't volunteer any information she learned about church that day, but kids have a way of picking up stuff and not always telling you about it. I think she'll remember All Saints, especially when she looks at the toilet paper holder "saint" she made as a craft in Sunday School.
I thought of this experience as I read our Psalm for today. This Psalm reminds us that we are responsible to pass down the faith to the younger generations. My Sunday School teachers, pastors, and parents did that for me. It is now my turn to do that for my children. And verse six tells us that my children's children will also hear these stories, and rise up and tell their children.
One day, I will be one of those saints who has joined the Church Triumphant. It is my hope that when I am remembered, my children will appreciate those Sunday morning car talks as I helped pass the faith. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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