We each have a life story, penned without ink, read by the people around us. Who's writing your story?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Generational Prize

Two little girls jumped up and down, their eyes pleading. "Please come with us to Sunday School. We'll get a prize if you come. Please?"

The next Sunday, two little girls and their parents walked hand-in-hand to Pinehill Church in Buffalo. The young couple came away with a greater prize than expected, one that would change their lives forever. For the first time, they understood and accepted God's offer of eternal life through His Son, Jesus.

The year was 1936 when Ed and Lillian Holtz's life-stories began a new chapter. They left their old lifestyles behind, prompting their friends and families to "read" the difference. From that point on, the Holtz's lived out their faith as a Christian family. A third daughter was born soon after who would later become my mother.

One choice in a Godward direction not only transformed my grandparents, but influenced the generations to follow:

4 daughters
14 grandchildren
38 great grandchildren
12 great great grandchildren

To date, that's a total of 68 people (plus spouses), each one acquainted with the gospel, each one aware of the truth of God's Word. God had a plan for our family, brought to fruition because of an invitation from two little girls and an unnamed prize.

I'm grateful for my heritage. When I remember my grandparents, 1 Samuel 12:24 comes to mind, the verse Grandpa always wrote near their signature in the cards they sent.

"Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you."

Holtz Family Reunion, Summer 2007

"One generation shall praise Your works to another,
 And shall declare Your mighty acts."
Psalm 145:4

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