Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


September 7, 2010

Dear Friend,

Ann Marie and I are visiting our new twin grandsons for the very first time!  It is a time of many wonderful and complex feelings.


Now I know why my father told me he had “patriarchal feelings” when he first saw our son, his grandson!


Since I remember meeting two of my great-grandmothers that means I have personally interacted with six generations – so far!  There are all manner of family stories and words of counsel that have been passed from generation to generation to generation in the family.


The flow of generations is a major aspect of the life of the people of God that we discover in the scriptures.  One generation will commend your works to another.” Psalm 145:4*


Of greatest significance is the passing of our faith in Jesus from generation to generation.   While I was introduced to Jesus by people outside of my family, I know the devout prayers of one of my grandmothers were very much a part of my growing up years. 


When our children were growing up, the prayer I most often prayed was based on Luke 2:52, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”  So I prayed each child would grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and with God’s people.


Are you praying for your children and grandchildren?  Do you speak out loud of your faith in Jesus to them, passing on to them the greatest gift you have to impart?  I pray you do!

"I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also." II Timothy 1:5


With joy - E. Stanley Ott

Copyright 2010 E Stanley Ott

*Scripture from the NIV