By Joanna Zeiner
Today's Scripture: 2 Peter 1:12-15 (NLT)
Central Thought: Shared memories of faith can pass on a legacy of faith to the next generation.
Phumi knew that her life would end before her small children grew to adulthood. Such is the reality of thousands of moms in South Africa. Tears welled within her heart as she finished writing her story, folded the paper neatly, and laid it in the decorated shoe box – her memory box. For weeks she had worked, sorting out pictures of herself and the children when she was healthy—pictures of their life together before AIDS became her reality. A story here, a memory there, a token of life and a promise of a future even though she would not be there to share it with them. Phumi filled the memory box with the love and hope she wanted her children to remember always, long after she was gone.
In a way, the Scripture is our memory box—a loving assemblage of God's heart for His children. Peter never tired of reminding the people of God's eternal truths, and the closer he came to his own death the greater his determination to leave a legacy of faith for those who followed after him. As beneficial for the maker as for the receiver, a memory box, when drawn into the heart, speaks of life, hope, and joy.
Devotional Prayer: My Father, what legacy am I leaving my children? Too often I speak faith, but live out faithlessness. Help me, Father, to live out Your loving instruction that my own memory box will be filled with life, hope, and real joy.
Today's Bible Reading: Daniel 4:1-37; 2 Peter 1:1-21; Psalm 119:97-112; Proverbs 28:17-18