January 30, 2013

Listen! Let Me Tell You

Psalm 66:8-20

Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.
—Psalm 66:16


Some time ago someone in our family gave us a booklet specifically designed for us as grandparents to tell our story. The person who gave it wanted to make sure that our grandchildren would get to know that story.

The writer of Psalm 66 also wants to tell his story when he says, “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.” The psalmist does not want to talk about his accomplishments or achievements. He wants to talk about what God has done for him throughout his life. His life had not been easy. He had been tested and refined like silver. He had experienced many burdens. But through it all God had been with him and had led him to “a place of abundance.”

Each of us has a story to tell. All of us can testify to hardships in our lives—but also to the fact that God has always been there.

Make sure you tell your story. Make sure you tell about God’s presence in your life and about his amazing grace in the midst of trials. Tell it to your children and grandchildren.

Someone once said to me, “If something were to happen to my dad, I would not know anything about his relationship to God.” Don’t let that happen to you. Start writing or telling your story today!

Father in heaven, we have so much to tell because of your amazing grace in our lives. Help us to tell our story and point to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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