"This is the written account of the descendants of Adam..." (Gen 5:1, NLT)
With these words, Moses begins a fantastic family history.
He writes of Adam and Eve, their sons and daughters.
He writes of Enoch who walked with God so closely and faithfully that God decided to just open the doors of heaven so Enoch could merely step inside.
Moses writes of the long-lived Methuselah, who was the father of Lamech, who had a son named Noah, who heroically led his family through the cataclysmic flood to witness God beginning the whole world anew.
"This is the written account of the descendants of Adam," but the account does not stop with the end of this chapter in Genesis.
Yes – you. And your children.
You see, the story is not over; it is still being written.
An important part of our work as Christian writers is to continue "the written account of the descendants of Adam" for our generation and those that follow.
The ink streamed upon the papyrus from the pointed quill that was clutched in Moses’ aged hand, thus beginning the legacy of writing the great drama of God and his people, a legacy that continues today.
Are you writing the story, dear friend? Are you putting in words the wisdom and frailties of your generation for the instruction of the next? Are you writing down your prayers and insights, lessons and labors, your joys and tears so they become food for the soul of your loved ones and others?
The story is not over yet, and as Christian writers we are called to continue the work that Moses began in writing the account of our family – the descendants of Adam and Eve.
As writers who put down words for the Master, we are part of a rich and ancient tradition. Do not be swayed from doing your part in recording the Grand Story for those who follow. The quill of Moses has been handed to you.
(Dear Father, move us to write today that others may know how the grand story continues to this generation and the next.)
From my blog: Write Down These Words, devotionals for Christian writers.
September 12, 2013