August 17

Isaiah 51:1-3

“Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.” vs. 1

Each of us have a history and if we look back to the beginning years of our individual timelines we will see the framework in which we began to learn decency, the kind of righteousness that is the starting point for life in community. For many of us that foundation began with lessons learned at our parents’ knees, and perhaps included scoldings and possible spankings that were intended to set us on the straight and narrow. Even if we later rejected parental teachings or headed off in new directions, those early experiences set the stage for whatever came after. At best, the instructions served as law in our lives, and when delivered with love, shaped all that followed. Here is where we learned morality, respect for our elders, and the importance of truth-telling. Because times change and our world is far different from that in which our parents received their charter, we tend to discount their role in shaping who we are. We have new convictions and have discarded old notions–we see clearly their foibles and misguided beliefs. But we would never have become who we are apart from them–in truth, they were the rocks from which we were hewn, and we owe them a great debt.

Thought for the Day: The most important thing I learned from my parents.

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