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June 27: Leaving a Legacy

“Every Family Deserves a Legacy”®

Three days ago, we were all relative strangers, and now we are a family — a family that has laughed together, cried together, played together, and learned together. We have all been challenged to look at our lives and consider the legacy we want to leave behind. Certainly that legacy involves a lot of fun and great memories, but it also involves some intentional planning and action.

Yesterday afternoon, parents had the opportunity to record a Legacy Video. With the camera ready to roll, parents could show up and privately talk to the camera. Parents also had the chance to chat privately with children’s counselor Meg Hill. In addition, both parents were given a Legacy journal with some specific questions to answer to help them record some thoughts and messages to their children. The reality that all of us will one day die should cause us all to consider the steps we can take to leave a lasting legacy for our families.

This morning, Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan shared her inspirational personal story at the closing service while the children shared a final session together. Kristen challenged all the adults to “consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). Although this seems counterintuitive, she presented a beautiful picture of God’s love in the midst of difficult circumstances. All of the families were very touched and encouraged by Kristen’s sharing, and that was clearly evident through the tissues that were passed around the room.

We were delighted to have board member Richard Birney and his wife Peg join us for our final night and closing service. They were able to experience first-hand what they have worked hard to help establish. There is no doubt the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat impacts all who take part from the families to the volunteers and guests.

“I don’t want to go home. I wish I could stay here forever.” — (Damon, age 5)

“The friendships I have made here will last a lifetime.” — (Lisa, volunteer)

“I want to keep in touch with everybody.” — (Noah, age 15)

As hard as it was to say goodbye, we know that the time spent together was invaluable as the families formed wonderful memories, and the parents established some Legacy resources for their children. 

It has been a joy to hear your thoughts on these journal entries each day, and I would cherish your input for entries at future retreats. For now…goodnight!

The whole family