Words of Hope: Next Generation
One of the verses Dad and I memorized together was Deuteronomy 4:7-9, a beautiful set of verses reminding parents to pass on what they have seen and witnessed as transformation from God to the next generations.
Dad and I often talked about how parents can struggle passing on the witness of faith. When Shann finished his neuropsychology degree, we had an important decision to make. We had no job offers in Spokane. Should we pursue a hefty salary at a major hospital, or should we move back to Spokane with no jobs? We knew that living near my Mom and Dad would be one of the greatest gifts to give our children–so much more than money or career. We moved to Spokane; Shann had a very low-paying job for a few years.
Then miraculously, the position in the Doctoral program at Gonzaga opened, and he has been there for twenty-five years. I am thankful we didn’t pursue the money path, but we committed to having our children around the testimony and lives of their grandparents. I am thankful my girls could hear Dad and Mom and witness their love and life together. They know my Dad’s story of an abusive terrible upbringing. They know the changes in my life having been raised by a totally loving father. They saw for themselves our love as a family.
They know the transformation in Shann’s family and the transition from a life of heartache to healing. I am thankful they can share this witness with their children so that the next generation understands how profoundly Christ has redeemed our generational line.
“Be careful that you do not forget what your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” – Deuteronomy 4:9