Gift: Counsel (Right Judgment) – With the gift of right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus.
Reading: For all life is mine: the life of the parent is like the life of the child, both are mine. Only the one who sins shall die! (Ezekiel 18:4)
Observation: I don’t know about you, but my family has a lot of skeletons in our past, oh and in the present too…LOL…Anyway, I thought I would focus on the book of the prophet Ezekiel is saying today that we are judged by our own merits today. So, whatever Sin we were holding on to, because we felt like we deserved to suffer with it, because it was passed down from our family, that’s over. We should let go of our attachment to sin, because we feel some responsibility to pay for what has happened in our family. If Ezekiel’s words are not enough, remember Jesus came to release us from the prison of sin.
Personification: Joy. It is with great joy that I will share this reading with certain members of my family today. They like to say that the punishment for sins of the father will pass down to many generations, and this reading today stands in opposition to that understanding of old testament laws. I have always said that the punishment for sins that was passed down was meant for the old testament fathers to understand that the sin that they committed would have lasting effect on future generations. This is still true today, but we will be judged on our own following of God’s will in our own lives, with the help of God’s grace.
Prayer: Lord, reveal to me and my family those things that stand in the way of our own salvation, and help us to let go of any guilt we carry for sins of our families’ past. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!