A young person, a cherished commodity in the church today, who found themselves at church recently (after a long hiatus) wasn’t quite sure why they were there. Shaking their hand as they left the church I said, “We will be turning the church over to you … to your generation very soon.” “I know … I get that,” they replied. The church is constantly preparing itself to be “taken over” by the next generation. The current occupiers of the pews know that, pray for that, beg the “young people” to come to church and make the church better, yet at the same time we despair letting go of comfortable traditions and avoid “growth.” But change is happening all the time … praise God. The son of King David said, ”… sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it” (Ecclesiastes 2: 21). Solomon goes on to say: not doing so, letting go for the next generation, rather clinging to “all,” the whole of things as they are as if they are precious and unchangeable is impossible - harm could be done to all. “Who knows whether they will be wise or foolish,” (2:19). Just as we have “they” will please God, and God will give them wisdom and knowledge and joy. They will do wonderful things!
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Posted on: June 5th, 2012 by Father Harrison