Chains are designed to be hard to break, depending on its design and how much weight you put on it. When you have a project in need of a chain you go to the hardware store and purchase the chain designed for your use and weight you need to put on it. Today in our reading we see a chain of kings in the northern kingdom of Israel who did not follow God. A chain of destruction had been created and it was very hard to break.
Look at your family chain. Maybe you come from a family where following God has not been part of it. Maybe you are the first in your family in generations to really live a life with a relationship with Jesus. Maybe you have stepped up and out and are working to break that chain. At times though you have noticed it is hard when you have family outings, or get togethers, or celebrations or simply conversations where they are trying to pull you back into the chain. Be the broken link in the chain and continue to lean on God and pull your strength from him. Maybe with your leaning on God you will establish a new chain for your family and the generations to come.
Maybe the chain for you is a family heritage that serves God. What a wonderful heritage for you? Work hard in your family to continue that chain and its strength as you pass on faith to the next generation. Do not be like the kings of Judah who seesawed in faith up and down with each new king who sat on the throne. Learn what it will take to raise kids who are devoted followers of Jesus.