Cuimhnich Cò Leis a Tha Thu (Part 2)
Who do you belong to? There is an old Gaelic proverb, “Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu! ” “Remember who you belong to!” Remember from whom you come!
When Donald Trump became the U.S. President-Elect last month I emailed a couple of friends across the pond and congratulated them on the fact that they would now have a Lewisman in the White House. As someone has said locally, “From the blackhouse to the White House in two generations”. A blackhouse is the traditional Lewis thatched stone cottage that many islanders still occupied well into the 20th century. Apparently Donald’s mother Mary Anne Macleod left the crofting village of Tong in Lewis and emigrated to the U.S. in 1930 at the age of eighteen. Her first language would have been Gaelic and she probably had little to no English until she started school. I wonder if a young Donald Trump ever heard his mother say, “Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu!” Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!
We may never achieve Presidential status but we can experience even more radical transformation as we transition from the doghouse to God’s house, from death to life, from darkness to light, and from fallen sons of Adam to righteous sons of God in a moment as a result of one simple choice. Jesus said we must be born again, born from above, and from then on it is vitally important that we remember who we now belong to and from whom we come! “Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu!”
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Cuimhnich Cò Leis a Tha Thu (Part One)
Who do you belong to? There is an old Gaelic proverb, “Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu.” It means, “remember who you belong to,” or “remember from whom you come.” When I was young and our island culture was still the way it had been for hundreds of years it was very common to be asked this question, “Cò leis a tha thu?” It seemed like people were more interested in your parentage than who you were yourself. That is because they believed that who you came from could tell them a lot more about you than what you could tell them about yourself!
You may be very proud of your natural heritage and be happy to share with others all the details of your family lineage, or it may be a source of shame to you and you would rather that nobody probed into your family history.
But whether you are proud or ashamed of the family you were born into naturally it is more important that you are born again into the family of God and that you understand your new identity as a child of God.
Jesus said that we must be born again (born from above) of the Spirit. When we were born the first time we inherited our parents’ sin nature, but when we are born again we inherit the nature of our heavenly Father’s DNA – the Divine Nature of the Almighty!
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