journal keeping

Journal Keeping, A Precious Tie to Our Families

I have kept a journal consistently since I was a freshman in college.  My whole life is recorded, in much detail, in about ten volumes of journals.  Isn’t it in Revelations where it is written of journal keeping:

“Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.”

So, it isn’t a stretch to understand why I was so ecstatic to learn of numerous ancestors who had been faithful journal writers, as well.  I do not have many of their original journals—I do have some—but I have the transcribed copies of their journals.  And yes, many of those journals were kept in a round-top metal and wood trunk in the attic of our farmhouse in Idaho.

For a time I had the delicious opportunity to assemble their pictures and their life stories into heritage albums for my sisters and myself.  While working on these albums, each of these ancestors came to life for me.  I think to have strong roots is what a soul needs most, and these people ARE my roots.  Within their diaries are recorded miraculous events, life-changing ordeals, faith-promoting experiences.  Many of their lives are shared in A PIECE OF TIME.

Family is everything!  I wish I know who said this, but they were right on:   “It may be called a tribe, a clan, or a family, but whatever you call it, or no matter who you are, we all need one.”

Some people may not have the ideal family here on this earth; as Lilly learned in the book A Piece of Time,

. . .“We are all dancers, all struggling to learn our steps, and we bump into each other”. . .

BUT, in the next life, where there IS a family who has progressed and ARE waiting for us, we will find that—as written by G. Feldman—

“A family is a haven of rest, a sanctuary of peace, and most of all, a harbor of love.”

A Piece of Time is about—among  SO MANY other things– family. Anthony Brandt said it best:

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.”

Have a beautiful day!




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