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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Family History

By Scott Harrup
June 17, 2012

This year I began recording interviews with my father about our family history. Harrups stretching back to the late 1800s have endured wins and losses in life, like any other family. But five of our generations connected with the Assemblies of God have witnessed countless instances of divine favor and help.

Whatever your church tradition, if your family rests upon a Christ-focused foundation, your family history is moving on a trajectory of eternal significance. This Sunday offers another reminder, to dads especially, that a family’s greatest influence on children in the mix of life’s crises and joys is to move them toward a redemptive relationship with our Heavenly Father.

In my library at home, one volume of history includes this letter (written 15 years before my great-grandfather James William Harrup was born):

August 8, 1863

My dear Wife,
All as well as usual, and no particular trouble anyway. I put the money into the Treasury at five per cent, with the privilege of withdrawing it any time upon thirty days’ notice. I suppose you are glad to learn this. Tell dear Tad poor “Nanny Goat” is lost, and Mrs. Cuthbert and I are in distress about it.

When Abraham Lincoln wrote to his wife, Mary, 149 summers ago, “all” may have been “as well as usual,” but that didn’t mean things were fine. Since the outbreak of the Civil War barely a month into his presidency, Lincoln had worked tirelessly to preserve a nation he loved fiercely. He lived under enormous stress. Photographs of him at the beginning and end of his presidency portray a man grown old in just four years. Yet, Lincoln could still take time to connect with his family and give comfort to his young son upon the loss of a pet.

What will your family history look like in a generation, or multiple generations, from now? Much depends on your commitment to break away from all the demands in your world to meet the needs of those in your care today.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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