“They are all here; they are all your family.”
Storyteller Noa Baum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBBmLCBqj9Y&feature=plcp
“The books of Chronicles were written to emphasize the Israelites’ continuity with their past and to inspire the remnant to follow in the spiritual footsteps of King David,” (Nelson Study Bible commentary, 1997).
I have been compiling the names of my relatives to add details to the ongoing genealogy research by my cousin on my mother’s side of the family. She has really been the scribe in the family, visiting grave sites to confirm names, birth and death dates, location of home, marriage, and other family information. She has found photos posted online and has even contacted heretofore unknown relatives that belong in our family tree. She has spent hundreds of hours over many years pouring over websites, reading library archives, and visiting genealogy research facilities along the east coast looking for connections to our family line, tracing us across continents. How amazing it is to see the result of this dedicated and relentless digging into the heritage of one family!
Just knowing the names of my relatives connect me to people I may not have ever met, yet to whom I feel a bond of love and loyalty. My curiosity is also aroused. How did they live their lives? Were many of them Christians? Did any of my ancestors do great things or is there a crooked line of ‘never-do-wells’ in our histories? From what races were we descended? How many children died young? How did women cope with the loss of their children or the births of 10 to 12 children over relatively short maternal life spans?
Sometimes I take life for granted. How myopic my vision in view of the lives before me that made my time on this earth possible. In fact, their toil motivates me to search out the purpose of my life as ordained by my great God who knew at what point in the ancestral line my birth would happen. I may just be a name on our family tree descended from some poor Irish couple or Native American squaw, but I want spiritual roots that can be traced all the way back to my adoption by Jesus Christ, for that is when this family tree became a sanctuary for the living God. I pray that each and every one of my relatives is gifted salvation and grafted in.