I had the privilege of speaking at the church of a dear friend yesterday. The City Church in Batavia is a wonderful reflection of their pastor, Marty Macdonald. Marty is a genuine, gentle, generous, gregarious, godly man. He was speaking at another church that morning, but Pam and I got to go to lunch with his wife Patty, one son and daughter-in-law, and several grandchildren. During the morning and then throughout lunch, the Scripture from Psalm 103 came to mind:
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
It is a joy to see generational faith. Marty and Patty's children's children are walking in the faith at a young age. They are plain good kids, well-behaved and loving Jesus. Because their parents love Jesus and their grandparents love Jesus. They eat as a family, I mean entire family, several times a week. They understand that generational faith is intentional, forged around mealtimes and daily life, in daily prayer with and for their children, and taking advantage always of teachable moments. They also have walked in love through difficult moments in faith believing the Lord.
It was a joy to see. I just pray to see it more in the family of God. While it feels rare, I know that by the grace of God that can change. What a testimony. Thank you for your faithful witness Macdonalds!