Passing Christ to the Next Generation

Written  by Cathy Duncan, IOKDS Vice-President/Spiritual Life Director

June 4, 2024
Text: Psalm 78:1-4

“Listen, dear friends, to God’s truth, bend your ears to what I tell you. I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb; I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation—God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done.”

Did you all get your “chewy bar” when you registered? I was going through the shopping ailes at B.J.’s and as I passed by the “chewy bar” snacks, a light went on in my head…I should get those for conference! We want you to “chew” on the information you learn at this conference and pass it to the next generation. When I looked up what it means to “chew” on something…this is what came up:

– To give serious and careful thought; to entertain
– To contemplate, ponder, consider
– To wrestle with, mull over, and dwell on
– To ruminate, question, and explore
– To weigh, review, and pore over

I hope and pray you will “chew” on what is presented at conference. And, not only that…

The phrase in the text, “We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation—God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done,” brought up another of my memories…one about what happened
when I was substitute teaching after I had retired from the Air Force and the 5th graders had a show and tell that day.  One little boy, Billy, was his name, he brought in the little pocket bible that has been passed down through his family, to show to the class.  The pocket bible was given to all American soldiers who served during World War I and World War II.  The bible Billy brought in had President Woodrow Wilson’s preface:

The President’s Message

“The Bible is the word of life.  I beg that you will read it and find this out for yourselves, – read, not little snatches here and there but long passages that will really be the heart of it.  You will find it full of real men and women not only, but also of the things you have wondered about and been troubled about all your life, as men have been always; and the more you read the more it will be plain to you what things are worthwhile and what are not, what things make men happy, – loyalty, right dealing, speaking the truth, readiness to give everything for what they think their duty, and most of all, the wish that they may have the approval of Christ, who gave everything for them, and the things that are guaranteed to make men unhappy, – selfishness, cowardice, greed, and everything that is low and mean.
When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty. “
Woodrow Wilson

Chew on it and Pass it to the next generation…that’s the thoughtful take-away message of this our 2024 IOKDS Annual Conference.

Let us pray:

Almighty God,
Be with this gathering of members and friends as we come together at our 2024 IOKDS Annual Conference. Help us use this time to listen, learn, and discern Your will for IOKDS.

Amen