Grandpa’s Red Toolbox

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 78:1-8

We will . . . tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord. (v. 4)

My son pulled our washing machine away from the wall to investigate why it had quit working. Standing behind the tilted-up machine, he looked over at me kind of funny-like as I sat, watching from a safe distance. His look suggested he was thinking, “Dad, you’re looking sort of old sitting there. You make me think of Grandpa. He’s gone now, and one day you’ll be gone, and I’m not real happy with that thought.” After fixing the washing machine, as he was putting some tools back in the toolbox, he asked, “Remind you of anything?” I said, “Yup, I was just thinking about that. Those were my dad’s tools.” “Yup,” he said.

A red toolbox and tools. Little reminders of our mortality. Death is bitter. Yet God forges the links between grandfather, father, and son, and when held by faith in a common Lord, are sweet and forever. Exodus 20:6 says that God shows his steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. God accomplishes this through Jesus’ death and triumph over the grave. Therefore, with the Scripture we declare, “We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him . . . And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:14, 18 NIV). —Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord, let me keep on praying, studying the Bible, loving and serving you—passing on the faith to my children and grandchildren.