Monday, November 24, 2008


Yesterday at church, we had a young couple and their five children passing through Portland on their way to Medford to celebrate Thanksgiving with an Auntie of theirs. This young couple are relatives, but we don't see them very often as they are busy running a large Bible Camp in Montana, year round. I sat two rows behind them, I had a good view of them and their children. And I thought of their rich heritage in the faith. I thought of their Christian work and the lovely children they are raising for the glory or God. I thought of the old, old hymn,
Faith of our fathers.
and I teared up with gratitude and thanksgiving for this young couple who are striving to live their lives as they have had it modeled for them, first by their parents, and by Godly grandparents and extended family. How blessed they are.

For, you see, this young man is the nephew of Jim Elliot and his sweet wife is the niece of Elisabeth Elliot. What a heritage!

Faith of our Fathers living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whenever we hear that glorious Word!

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
We all shall then be truly free.


Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.


Technonana said...

Rich heritage indeed!!! Praise God for Godly parents!!! I thank Him everyday for mine!!!

Pam said...

A rich and precious heritage.

I wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving-

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Beautiful!! Happy Thanksgiving...m.

Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady" said...

I pray you have a blessed day, and that you are a blessing to those around you on Thanksgiving. I often look ahead and wonder what it will be like when my kids are grown and have to choose to go somewhere besides my house for the holidays. It makes me want to cry!!! I know that, like with everything else, God gives you the grace you need at the time to face the different changes in life, so I am trusting Him with that...but Iknow it will be hard. I pray that you will sense His grace and comfort this year as you have to share your kids with others!

God bless!!!

Kim said...


Joan, I didn't have any trouble getting to either of Patty's blogs today, so maybe it was just a glitch?

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I love the snowman header...m..