We are Canadian yet our ancestors called another country, another continent home.
Our's is an immigrant's story.
We grew up hearing stories of war, starvation, fear, of prayers for help in troubled times and of how Canada became the earthly high tower of God's love.
Stories of how our ancestors put their trust in the Canadian Mennonite church their earthy embodiment of God's love.
Our ancestors believed in their hearts and had blind faith the love of God and this is the foundation upon which today we believe in the love and protection of God.
Does God's protection mean that human tragedies will pass us by, no!
Does God's protection mean rescue from earthy hardship, no!
My grandfather said it best, "God protects my hope, my joy, my love from earthly pain and war. And through hope, joy and love I always am close to love of my Creator I am never alone!"
The Deuteronomy passage asks us to know our ancestral stories to know the hand of God in lives of our ancestors lives, to understand the path of faith that was followed to today.
Faith not in humanity but in God's faithfulness to us.
Believe in your heart the faithfulness and love of God and know that your story today will become the ancestral story of those yet to be born.
What will the path your leave for your descendants look like?
Where will it lead?
Lectionary readings Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalms 91:1-2, 9-16, Romans 10: 8b-13, Luke 4:1-13