But as he put it simply (he doesn't like looooooooong drawn out homilies ;} ) don't we want to leave a relational inheritance? It made all the sense in the world to me.
What do we want our loved ones to "inherit" from us? Material things only go so far and they're simply things. But what about the relationships we have formed. Isn't it important for our loved ones to remember times spent with us, the love we shared, the joys and the sorrows, the things we've learned from and with each other, special moments that will always remain in their hearts? Memories can't be taken away. They're like hidden treasures of the heart and soul.
My very makeup is one of heart thinking, relational.
There have been times in my life when I have been so angry with God….and I know He/She understood the anger. Why? Because I have a relationship with my God. Sometimes it's a love affair in the non physical sense. When our little girl, Meggan, was killed, I had really trusted that God would heal her. Her two little friends died immediately, but Meggan was on life support for 8 days. I thought that somehow it meant she would not die. When we had to unhook the machines, the God/Jesus I thought I knew was nonexistent. I felt abandoned and as if the relationship had been severed ….. not by me. The anger changed to rage after months and months of legal issues. Where was the relationship that I believed in and looked to for guidance. There was only silence and the constant shattering of my heart.
At the time one of my dear friends was literally aghast (and praying for my soul) that I was angry with God. She said "you can't do that; can't be mad at God" as if it were a sin. But why would I pretend that I wasn't angry….it's not like you can hide from the Almighty. And, because of the relationship we once had how could I? AND I had no intention of letting this "friend" (meaning God) off the hook.
Well, I've gone off in a completely different direction that I intended when I began writing this. But I believe that someone needs to read it….otherwise why would the Spirit guide me in this direction?
So back to inheritance…..we inherited the ability to LOVE from our creator. We inherited the opportunities to make this life a better place for others. We inherited the heart of Christ, broken yet still able to love….one another.