It can be tiring to continually hear someone harping on about the “good old days” of some golden age in the past. This is not the problem in many churches. The opposite seems to be true. There is often a wholesale neglect of the past, leaving people in something of a vacuum of present experience.
Obviously it shouldn’t be the central focus of the ministry of a church, but there is a place for recognizing the story God has been telling to get us to where we are. In a family it is important for children to hear “little boy stories” from Dad and “little girl stories” from Mum. Of course, not every story should be told to a younger child, but there is a stability and rootedness that comes from hearing such history. Our family is blessed with a legacy of believing parents and grandparents, so there are many stories of God’s faithfulness and care.
Hopefully your church also has a legacy of believers in the past! Whether the church is twenty years old or two-hundred years old, it is important that the present generation are not left unaware of the line in which they stand. There is probably good and bad in every church history. While not glorifying people with the positive, nor villifying with the negative, knowing the legacy of our heritage matters.
Perhaps it would be worth considering a brief interview of someone in the church so they can tell of the impact of another believer now safely home? Perhaps this is a source of illustrative material worth tapping into? Perhaps it would be worth a church “slideshow” to bring back some memories and share some fireside stories this Christmas . . . why not make it a church family season too?
Rooted. Carrying a legacy of God’s blessing. Bearers of a heritage. Aware of our DNA. Worth some balanced effort?