Pass it on …

The Covington News - - RELIGION - JAN MCCOY COLUM­NIST Rev. Jan McCoy is the As­so­ciate Pas­tor of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church in down­town Cov­ing­ton. She may be reached at jan.mccoy@ngumc.net or at cov­ing­ton­first.org.

Along the coast line of the Sea of Galilee lies a lit­tle stop in the road com­mu­nity in the mid­dle of a very green farm area, called Kib­butz Gi­nosar. We stop to see the 2,000-year-old boat at the mu­seum, but out­side, like an over­looked sim­ple lace col­lar on a beau­ti­ful dress, the mo­saic benches line the sculp­tured lawn, mak­ing a wel­com­ing place for peo­ple to sit as they soak in the fresh air and sun­shine. A kib­butz is a place of grow­ing, a farm­ing area that sus­tains the peo­ple of the area. This is not the only kib­butz in this ru­ral area, and many of the peo­ple around, farm­ers by trade and by her­itage, have passed along the lands around from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. As we sit and pon­der the sto­ries on the mo­saics, we re­mem­ber that so many of Je­sus’ sto­ries cen­ter around farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties like this one. Many of the analo­gies or parables of Je­sus’ sto­ries tell tales of sim­pler times and time­less truths that have been passed down from one gen­er­a­tion to an­other in th­ese ru­ral agri­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties.

As a hu­man fam­ily, we pass along sto­ries of na­tional strug­gles, civic strug­gles, fam­ily strug­gles, and racial strug­gles from one gen­er­a­tion to the next. Of­ten over­looked, how­ever, our faith sto­ries are im­por­tant for us to share with oth­ers so that they may learn to fol­low Je­sus and to learn from his teach­ings. The Psalmist says that the chil­dren of Is­rael were to teach the fol­low­ing gen­er­a­tions of God’s faith­ful­ness to Is­rael through the his­tor­i­cal acts of di­vine guid­ance, mercy and grace so that the story of God’s faith­ful­ness would not die out, and the peo­ple would not for­get about God’s good­ness. God has brought our na­tion through some im­por­tant strug­gles as well. We con­tinue to strug­gle to­gether as a na­tion to bet­ter un­der­stand what di­vine love looks like and how we can live it out more faith­fully than ever be­fore. What are some of the sto­ries of God’s faith­ful­ness in your own life that you can share with your chil­dren and the next gen­er­a­tion to in­spire them to live faith- filled lives? Pass it on.

“He es­tab­lished a law for Ja­cob and set up In­struc­tion for Is­rael, order­ing our an­ces­tors to teach them to their chil­dren. This is so that the next gen­er­a­tion and chil­dren not yet born will know th­ese things, and so they can rise up and tell their chil­dren to put their hope in God—never for­get­ting God’s deeds, but keep­ing God’s com­mand­ments”

Psalm 78:5-7 (Com­mon English Bi­ble)

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