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We all have that one recipe: my Granny "New York" (because she lived in Long Island after immigrating from Germany in 1925) used to make it, and then my mother made it, and now I've started making it for my children and grandchild. It's written on scrap paper that has a butter stain on the corner. The ingredients include a pinch of this and a dash of that. The most important part of this recipe is that it gets passed down to generations.

A whole generation of Israelites had seen the Lord do miraculous things: God delivered His people from slavery and sustained them in the wilderness. They saw the Jordan River dry up and the walls of Jericho fall. Yet, when that generation passed away, the generation that followed did not have a relationship with the Lord or any knowledge of all that He had done for Israel.

If we don't teach our children to follow Christ the world will teach them not to. We are responsible for passing our faith on to the generations that follow us. We need to share the prayers that He has answered, the blessings that He has bestowed, and what He has meant to us in the dark seasons of life.

The holidays are a special time when families come together. Whether it is to decorate the tree, construct a gingerbread house or make that mouth watering family dish, remember to focus on the importance of sharing God's love with each other!

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