Amazingly, we each expressed the same thought simultaneously: "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." Somehow we sensed that the incident had provided a teachable moment for our youngsters. We witnessed God's providential timing that very evening when our son asked a thought-provoking question. In a general discussion, there had been mention of a part of our town now covered with shopping centers once having been a wonderful wooded area. My son, who loves history, apparently got to thinking about other things he'd been told about the past. "Dad, how can we really know that something was a certain way in the past? We didn't see it - we weren't there, so..."
"You're right, son," my husband replied, "you couldn't know the woods were there from seeing them yourself because they were plowed down before you were born. The evidence for you that they indeed existed comes from the fact that your father saw them, and told you that it was so. I've recounted to you many times about the hours of delight my friends and I had in those woods building forts and tree-houses - and about our juicy summertime snacks there of the small, perfectly round watermelons that old Mr. Anderson kindly allowed us to pick from his nearby patch!" I knew that my son's keen imagination could see it all.
We went on talking to our children about things our grandfathers and grandmothers had seen and experienced and had told their children, our parents. Our parents knew the accounts were true because their parents were there. "My grandfather told my father, and my father told me, and that's how I know it's so."
Each generation is like a link in a chain. We only know what has been because one generation passes knowledge on to the next generation - and on and on. Each of us has the very solemn responsibility to pass on to the next generation, above all else, the knowledge of what is True. If we neglect to tell our children what is "the Truth", it will not be passed on to future generations. We reminded our children, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The Truth can be lost in one generation."