See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you. (Matthew 11:10 NRSV)

There is an old Amish saying that goes like this: "We didn't inherit the land from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children." Jesus lasts words to the disciples in Matthew was, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." You and I have been given much in our faith and in this great country. Will our children and our grandchildren be able to say the same? We are only one generation away from faithlessness. We must share God's giving spirit with our children and with others.

I remember one turkey who said to another: "I don't know about you, but I always give thanks the day after Thanksgiving."

Will our children be able to give thanks after us?

God of all, help me to prepare the way for those who will follow me, so that they may know you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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