God promised David that his house would stand forever. Not the physical structure, of course, but that the Messiah would descend from him. More in a moment. In today’s Gospel reading from Mark 4, Jesus has some interesting words for His disciples about lamps and lampstands and measuring sticks. Read it.
In today’s first reading, David prays for his family. Not just those who were with him at that time, but for a blessing on his lineage. He was asking God to affirm the promise made to him, and asking for that generational blessing. (Note: It was twenty-eight generations between David and Jesus.)
Do you do that? Often we get so caught up in the here and now that we forget about the generations that will follow us. We hope and pray that our actions will bless our descendants, at least our immediate ones – our children and grandchildren. But what about future generations? Those family members who may never know you? Are you praying for God to bless your family line until Christ returns? To keep them holy and close to him? If not, perhaps today is a good day to start.
Father, may your blessing be upon our family line forever. Help us to be a witness to our family for generations to come. Amen.
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