Rev. Frank Leeds, guest pastor from Oakhurst United Methodist Church in Seminole, Florida, shared three stories. They shared the common thread of teaching your children:
So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children my flourish in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors.
The first story was about the first English novel, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe. Defoe tells of a man’s shipwreck on a deserted island and his subsequent adventures, most notably, a time when he feels the presence of someone walking alongside him through his troubles. He realized it was God.
The second story was about Dr. Samuel Annesely, a scholar and dissenter of the established church of England. He spoke at Daniel Dafoe’s funeral, which was held in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, pictured below. He had a very large large family, 25 children, and educated the girls and the boys, something that was highly unusual in that time.
The third story was about Susanna Wesley, who is often referred to as the mother of Methodism. She had a very hard life as her husband, Samuel, a pastor, was often in trouble for being poor and a dissenter of the established church. Susanna educated all of her children. Her two youngest sons, John and Charles, ultimately founded the Methodist church and wrote hymn, many of which are still used today.
Rev. Leeds concluded by saying that we all have stories of faith and the only way anyone will know about them, is if we tell them.
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