Lisa-Jo Baker has a blog that I love to read. She has this thing on Fridays – Five Minute Friday.

You guessed it; write for five minutes straight. No editing. No re-do.

Today’s Topic: ROOTS


This past Sunday, my brother-in-law was ordained as a pastor. As they lay hands on him to pray for him, his family and his ministry, I noticed a significant heritage standing along side him.

He, his father and his grandfather-three generations-stood as pastors and prayed together. The former generations lifting up the third, with the fourth generation sitting in the pews looking on.

I reflected on our families; mine and Danny’s. I realize we have an enormous heritage rooted in the Lord. From generation to generation, we’ve been Christ-followers.

What is the impact of the decisions our forefathers made to follow Christ? How has that been passed down and rooted for future generations?

Would we have survived this journey without the foundation of faith from our families?

Faith is a choice, but as each generation has chosen to live by that faith in God, I pray it’s lasting effect will continue to trickle down to our son, my niece and nephews and on and on.

May they root themselves in their own faith, as they have witnessed ours.


6 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – Roots

  • November 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Your children won’t be able to help but see and feel that faith. Perhaps it won’t be a choice. It will just be. Visiting from FMF! This topic was timely for reflecting on your own roots! Happy weekend!

  • November 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    You are so right about how we are so linked with those that came before us and those that come after us. We are but one piece in this long line. Heritage, connection, faith….
    Well written.

  • November 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I have always admired (albeit a little jealously) the generational closeness of your family…and how your kids have immediate access to such a rich heritage. I know you value it so much. This is beautiful!

  • November 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Amen… the very core of the heart of a Mama’s prayer!!! May it be so in my family as well! Happy you joined in with FMF!

  • November 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    And I will add to the beautiful reflection on last Sunday. One of his uncles retired minister in Miami that could not be present and his closest uncle another minister observing proudly from Heaven. My grandchildren could have a very excited life in ministry.
    Well written Ali.

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