Praising God Through the Generations

Praising God Through the Generations

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Last month I wrote about savoring precious family moments, and I reminisced about my days as a baseball mom. This month, I have to share a recent family moment, one which I hope to remember with joy for the rest of my days. A moment of generations, of love for God and for each other.

All of my sons live far away so I treasure every detail of my visits to them. This special moment to savor occurred on the night before I had to leave for home.

We had enjoyed a busy day out and about–me, my son and his wife, and their four children, ages eight to fourteen months. With tummies filled at their favorite restaurant, we piled into the van, harnessed the kiddoes into their respective seats, and belted ourselves in as well. To make the half-hour drive home pass a little more quickly, my son turned on a CD of well-known hymns sung by a children’s choir.

During the first selections, all of us settled into the rhythm of tires against the pavement while taking in the lyrics and melody of each hymn. At some point, my oldest granddaughter began to sing. Her two sisters joined her. Three sweet voices praising God. They had memorized the entire CD. I sang, too, where I knew the words, and their baby brother lifted his arms in praise every time he heard, “Alleluia!”

God’s peace filled the car.

On the verge of tears, I basked in the beauty of spending holy time with grandchildren. Then I watched my son reach for his wife’s hand. The magic of the moment had affected them as well. They joined us in hushed praise.
My tears spilled over. Three generations glorifying God together.

“One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”Psalm 145:4 (NASB)

About Linda Sammaritan

For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher and crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” Newly retired, Linda keeps the freezer packed with homemade take-out meals for her full- time working husband when she travels to visit children, grandchildren, siblings, and Mom. Read more about her faith and writings at

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