Hear me when I say that some of the actions your ancestors took decades ago might still have a bearing on your affairs.
Dear Ellie & Ari,
You are very young, I know, but some issues are birthed right at childhood and fester till we are old and grey, so it is not too soon for this note.
You come from a long line of strong African men and women, who will sometimes be too African for your taste, given you were born in a very modern and liberal world.
But hear me when I say that some of the actions your ancestors took decades ago might still have a bearing on your affairs.
It is true what Exodus 34:7 says – that God is “compassionate and merciful, very patient, full of great loyalty and faithfulness, showing great loyalty to a thousand generations, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion, yet by no means clearing the guilty, punishing for their parents’ sins their children and their grandchildren, as well as the third and the fourth generation.”
And so, as you welcome year after year in these lives of yours, my children, ask God to erase the sins of all those who came before you so that the punishments are not meted on you and those who come after you for generations to come.
Remember to work with God, however, so that you are not sucked into traditional practices that are harmful. Not all of them are, but you will only recognise the bad ones to shun and the good ones to embrace if you work with God and the wise people in your circles.
This way, my children, you will live full lives because nothing out of your control will hang over your heads.