Let’s face it, many of us are not comfortable talking about our faith. In about half of Lutheran homes, God and the Bible are almost never mentioned. Research has indicated that our children and grandchildren want to believe what we believe, but how would they know our values and beliefs?
The psalmist encourages us not to hide the stories of our faith from our children and grandchildren. We need to find ways to share with them. It could be by reading Bible stories to young children, by talking to older children about what is important to us, or simply by our actions. For example, my grandparents had devotions at breakfast time, and there were prayers with every meal.
The ELCIC’s Spirited Discipleship initiative encourages us to share our stories of faith. We can practice with a friend by being courageous enough to talk about how we have experienced God in our lives. We don’t need to have all the answers about faith, we only need to share what matters to us. So put the coffee on and let’s get talking!
God of all generations, help us learn to tell our stories of faith. May we not hide them from the coming generations. Amen. — JN