By the time my 98-year-old grandmother, Ora, arrived at our home for a two-week visit, I knew a passing of the “family torch” had already occurred four years earlier.
Grandmother had told me during a visit I made to Pittsburgh when she was living with my parents: “You are not the oldest, but you have the strongest memories. A lot is going to rest with you.” My grandmother’s journey to Milwaukee, to my kitchen table, made it all so clear.
Some of the most important things we pass on to our children and grandchildren happen in the kitchen, come from the land, involve pots and pans, were sung by our ancestors and may be found in table blessings. My grandmother’s visit helped me understand that a continuum of values, faith and well-being flows in our families from generation to generation.
This message is adapted from “Ancestral tables” written by Venice R. Williams that first appeared in the September 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Timothy, Titus, and Silas, missionaries.
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