As we approach the festive season and maybe make plans to see the family, I think we all recall our parents and grandparents and the times we shared with them. They talked about their parents and grandparents, and we were intrigued with the stories of their Christmas celebrations. They are our ancestors. The Oxford dictionary defines an ancestor: a person from whom someone is descended (a progenitor) usually more remote in the lineage than a grandparent.

William Paul Young in The Shack says “Humans, who have been given the task to lovingly steer the world, instead plunder her, with no consideration other than their immediate needs. And they give little thought to their own children, who will inherit their lack of love.”

This extract from Amanda Gorman’s Earth Rise about the climate emergency is a reminder that we too, will one day be ancestors:

‘….Where despite disparities
We all care to protect this world,
This riddled blue marble, this little true marvel
To muster the verve and the nerve
To see how we can serve Our Planet.
You don’t need to be a politician
To make it your mission to conserve, to protect
To preserve the one and only home
That is ours,
To use your unique power
To give next generations the planet they deserve……..”
What is a good ancestor?
There’s a challenging question for the dinner table!

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