In church this morning, we sang the following song. It is on a Steve Green CD we have had for many years, and I've always loved it, but have never sung it before.
Find Us Faithful
We're pilgrims on the journey
of the narrow road
And those whov'e gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace
Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who've gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness
Passed on through godly lives.
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey.
Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful.
After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover
And the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them
To the road we each must find.
When I listened to the song in years past, I'm sure I agreed that it was a great sentiment; that I did want this to be true of my life; that I hoped my children would see this in me.
But it hit me much harder this morning than it ever has before. I think it's partly the fact that I'm older - growing older doesn't bother me one bit but passing the half-century mark does make a person begin to think about what has been accomplished and how many years are left with which to do anything. I believe a significant factor is also the fact that I've become a grandmother. When I look at little Abigail and I think about the little one that will be joining the family this summer, oh, how I want them to be able to say, at the end of my life, that they saw me being faithful. That they knew that my faith in God was the most important thing in my life. That they were inspired, by my life, to be faithful to God themselves. I can think of no greater legacy. May those who come behind me find me faithful.