Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Legacy is a much discussed term in some circles. I recently attended a funeral of a dear man who influenced my life greatly. It was touching and poignant to hear his children and his Pastor speak of his life, even in death his life was the predominant and primary topic. This is because of what is called a legacy, the heritage of his life, and in that, it is the life that was lived that established the precedents, traditions and model for not only his children but everyone whose life was touched by him.

It is an incredible feat to live a life unblemished by all the outside influences and maintain an integrity that passes the test of demise. That truly is what a legacy, at least one which I admire, is about. When the inventory of a life is taken, the determinations of the strength and value of a legacy will be found in the hearts and minds of the people touched by the life lived. If you were to die today, what legacy would be left?

There are moments of profound impact and eternal significance shaping lives in the "quiet parentheses of living."

Are you cognizant of the moments shaping others?

A story is told of James Boswell who reflected on a moment in his life, the day his Dad took him fishing. It was a happy day and he relates on how much he learned that day. His Father's entry in his diary simply stated, "Gone fishing today with my son; a day wasted."

Deuteronomy 4:7,9 "For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is near to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him. ... Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren."

A legacy is what is left behind showing our descendants how our faith made life worthwhile.

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