Passing on our faith



Faith has skipped a generation.

Grandparents try to compensate,

a little desperate, perhaps too late,

but trying, guilt-struck, caring,

mixed up as our world to date.


They wish church stones would speak

a little louder, as stained glass pic-

tures used to. In this new elastic

culture, Facebook, virtual games

and texting mould our plastic


brains, and short term thinking

moves our mental traffic codes

from right to left-brain modes

of practice. Gather living stones

with faithful story in their lodes. (© Jock Stein)


The writer of this psalm knew that Joshua had set up stones to remind future generations (Joshua 4: 19-24). We are called to be living stones.


Pray: God, please help us lay down markers of faith, not monuments; light lamps of faith, not fear; show fruits of faith that will kindle the taste buds of children and grandchildren. Amen.

PSALM 78: 1-4

1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3 things that we have heard and known,
that our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.

One thought on “Passing on our faith

  1. We need to start from the beginning.
    Too many times grandmothers and mothers spoil their children with material things and then complain when they are selfish, self centered brats when they become teenagers and later on in their life. I have taught for ten years so I saw it a lot. It came back to bite them because when they get old the children do not care about them and throw them in old folks homes.

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