At Thanksgiving each year we have the privilege of joining ranks with those we call family and the family of God to praise God, the giver of all good and gracious gifts, for His undeserved goodness. As recommended in the first Thanksgiving Proclamation by the Continental Congress in 1782, may we also “testify their [our] gratitude to God for His goodness by a cheerful obedience to His laws and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.”
It is in that spirit that I offer to you this blessing upon all who are gather with you this Thanksgiving Day in the name of Christ to praise Him for His goodness…
“During the festival days you must explain to your children why you are celebrating…” Exodus 13:8 NLT
Repristinate is not one of those commonly used words in our conversations. It simply means to restore to an original state or condition. It’s what we do when we repaint a house or fence. Left unattended, they would deteriorate and fall apart. With a regular coat of paint, however, the original condition is preserved.
Without a little “repristinating” from time to time, traditions also have a way of deteriorating so that the original purpose and meaning is lost.
“Would your Nana answer my God questions?” This was the question one little girl asked her friend who had told her about how wise her grandmother was. That friend happened to be the granddaughter of Jill Briscoe. Have you ever thought about whether the friends of your grandchildren would ask something like that about you?
I have yet to meet a godly grandparent who does not find enormous joy in seeing their grandchildren walking with Christ. It is also true that have yet to meet a Christian grandparent who does not feel extreme anguish and sadness over a grandchild that has strayed from God’s truth and been taken captive by the world.
While there is no guarantee that any child will choose the path of truth if we teach them well, I do believe that those who are intentional about building a legacy of truth are much more likely to experience the joy the Apostle John described than those who are not intentional. When parents and grandparents take the role of discipleship seriously, their children are nine times more likely to embrace the truth and walk in it as adults.
I had the privilege of meeting John Gardner in October during a Courageous Grandparenting speaking tour in South Carolina. John shared with me how he and his wife have intentionally employed a tool for building a well-versed legacy with their children. I was so impressed with what he is doing, that I just have to share it with you.