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|Gracious and merciful, slow to anger|
I know many people who are quite knowledgeable — and "passionate" — concerning their family heritage. It is not unusual for me to receive a call from someone I've never met asking if my great-great-grandfather was married to her great-great aunt. My only response is, "That name doesn't sound familiar." I would never admit that I didn't even know my grandfather's middle name until I read it on his tombstone.
I can only admire the hours and hours of research it must take to find the root of one's family tree. As a young teenager, I loved visiting my aunt, who is quite the genealogist. Like many of you, she began her research long before the luxury of computers. It was fascinating to hear about the lives from this side of the family. She would share the experiences in a way that brought the ancestors to life. It seemed as though they could have been friends who lived a few doors down. She not only shared the facts, she shared the experiences.
Looking back, I wonder why I never joined in on the search. Maybe I was inwardly afraid that the other side of our family would be the ones who brought so much havoc to your side of the family. Who wants to publicly admit, "Yep, we're the ones who stole your chickens"?
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.