What Will YOU Inherit Someday?
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
“This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.” – Patrick Henry
They sit on the wall of my office, smiling down at me each and every day…
One is a large photograph of Henry Clay Glading, my great-great-grandfather. My great-aunt (his niece) gave it to me many years ago and I had it restored and properly framed. I love everything about the picture – from his Victorian clothing and handlebar mustache to his twinkling eyes and stylishly-parted hair.
The other photograph features Henry Louis Gehrig, the “Pride of the Yankees” and baseball’s “Iron Horse”. My maternal grandfather had written Gehrig a fan letter after Lou was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Gehrig was so appreciative of my Pop-Pop’s encouraging words that he sent him a signed 8 x 10 picture. It reads, “To Eddie, Best Wishes, Cordially, Lou Gehrig” and is dated 10/1/39.
Gehrig announced his retirement from baseball on June 21, 1939 and died on June 2, 1941. That means that the photograph was signed during that brief interlude when Lou could still handle a pen, making it quite valuable.
My intentions are to pass the photo of Henry Clay Glading onto our son, Matt. He is our eldest son and has a son of his own now, which would keep the picture in “Glading” hands for at least two more generations. Our other son Chris will someday inherit the autographed photo of “Larrupin’ Lou”. And don’t worry, Bethany is sure to get her share of family heirlooms, too, especially from Deanna’s side.
But, like Patrick Henry, the most valuable inheritance I want to pass onto our kids – and grandkids – is my Christian faith. Fortunately, Bethany, Matt and Chris have all trusted Christ as their Savior and so, they are already rich beyond measure.
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:11-14 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President