Soon there will be a new one in my life, so small that my arms can cradle its tiny body. What will it feel like to be called “Oma”? Is this how it was for my mother 30 years ago when I told her of the grandmother she would become? What joy!
When Jesus’ mother, Mary, learned shew as pregnant, we do not know if she visited her own mother to tell her the news. Perhaps the news was too fraught for Mary, betrothed but not yet married. Perhaps she could not tell her mother, at least not yet.
The news of a grandchild is life changing. This little one will be the first of the next generation, and I, necessarily, will move deeper into the generational history of the DNA I carry. It means my mother will be a great-grandmother, and her mother, now gone, would have been great-great.
What is the miracle here? What do the generations offer to each other?
“Generation to generation” was excerpted from the All Anew devotional coloring book produced by Women of the ELCA and Gather magazine. Today we remember Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, who died in 1968.
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