This family Bible was presented in June 21, 1883 to a Lenhart. This goes back to at least my great grandfather, who was a Lenhart. This Bible includes births, such as mine and my brother’s, as well as people born in 1821.
This Bible spans a long time and one of my friend’s sons said, “Wow, that almost goes back to the American Revolution.” And it does.
What is sad is today we don’t take the time to record our family histories in Bibles or etc. Our legacies die when we go. However, those who lived before us recorded so much and we do so little.
Perhaps this is because we are distracted with the Internet, games and other entertainments that these people of the past did not have. Family was important. People rode in buckboards, etc. to visit their relatives on Sundays. What do we do?
We stay in our houses and watch entertainment but do little to connect with our uncles, aunts, grandparents and more. In a way, we have become cold.
My cousin-in-law remembers when they were children that their parents brought the family to see their relatives on Sundays. Do we do that today? Rarely.
There is something special about the time and legacy these fallen relatives remind us that connecting with family members is something we should return to even though we believe we are too busy to do so. However, we have to remember our lives here on earth are short and knowing our family members are so important. And yes, they are more important than a Facebook post or a You Tube video.
It’s a matter of allocating our time and making sure this includes our loved ones. Take your children to see their grandparents, their uncles, their aunts, cousins, etc. We need to do better.
After church services, many who visited their relatives, enjoy a dinner and laugh and cry together. Today, the Lord, is often put in the distance and attending Sunday services is no longer a priority in some people’s lives.
Getting back to Christ will help fill this void and venturing out to see your relatives is also a priority. Remember one day you will get older and the worldly items you crave will no longer be important. Take a few minutes and remember to visit your loved ones before they descend from this Earth.
God bless, and I will have a lot more for you on this because this Bible is full of the times of my relatives’ lives, including each new birth, death and more recorded by hand, not machine.