And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug

      in the days of Abraham his father . . .

                    (Genesis 26:18)

 

All people are recipients of a long past—in lessons learned about life, man, God, and duty. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who have dug the well out of which we drink, planted the trees in whose shade we delight or whose fruit we eat, and built the bridges over which we cross the chasms and the rivers. When Abraham dug that well, he dug it not only for himself but for all the generations to come.