My Birthright – by Anna Jane Josephson Goodliffe


Anna Josephson GoodliffeI have been reading biographies and autobiographies about my wife’s ancestors, Lars Charles Josephson and Anna Isaacson, and their 12 children. I am very inspired by them. At first, all I could see was how brave they were and how difficult life was for them (from my perspective); but the more I read, the more I realized how noble and good and great they are. My wife and children are part of this great heritage. Here is a tender composition by their oldest daughter, Anna Jane.

“As I lay one glorious night thinking seriously concerning the wonders about me and delving into the endless deep blue above, where twinkled far more stars than I could count, a testimony was born to me of a Divine Providence governing, creating, and shaping all these–and even the wondrous earth upon which I had made my bed that particular evening. I marveled, thrilled and worshipped in the very depths of my soul the maker and giver of all things. Words faileth to express how plain it was to me that power greater than mans truly existed…”

(Continued at: (Story excerpt from contributed by Lynn G. Robbins, with photo contributed to by Dorothy Ellen Hammond) #ancestorclips


About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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