Lessons from Genio
Every family has its mysteries. One of ours is the question of what happened to Genio. My great-grandfather’s brother William had a son named Genio. Being an only child, he was dearly loved by his father and mother Rachel. When he finished high school, Genio decided to take a trip to Mexico before starting college or finding a job. He wrote to his parents faithfully and lovingly, letting them know about his journey. However, there came a time when the letters ceased. William and Rachel received his last letter from Mexico City in 1916.
Needless to say, his parents were heartbroken. They hired a private investigator to find him, to no avail. The last decades of their lives were spent in sorrow.
One of the most touching aspects of the story is that Rachel kept a bank account for Genio, periodically placing money in it for him when he returned. But, of course, he never did. She continued making small deposits into his account until the year before her death in 1952. We have no idea if he was killed, became ill and died, or, though out of character, decided to cut ties, but I find it reassuring that God knows what became of him.
Their story reminds me of the parable that Jesus told of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. I think of the depth of love that Rachel and William had for their son, searching and planning for his return. The father in the parable also was constantly searching for his own son’s return, just as God watches for us. What a comforting image, knowing that God longs for us to come to Him.
God is our home. He is life and fulfillment and joy. Our Father has provided the way to come: Jesus Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14: 6) What will you do with the map that He has provided? We have only to follow the Way.
Posted on July 2, 2013, in All except books of Bible, Lessons from... and tagged Bible, Christian, Christianity, Genealogy, Genio, God, Jesus, Mexico, Mexico City, Prodigal Son. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.