Generation to Generation

Mother, teenager, and child
Photo credit:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mckaysavage/2566365965/">Mckay Savage</a>

1 John 2:12-14

I’m writing to you, kids, because what he did made your future possible.
I’m writing to you, parents, because you’ve met him in the past.
I’m writing to you, youth, because you have overcome evil.

I’m writing to you, kids, because you know God.
I’m writing to you, parents, because you’ve met him in the past.
I’m writing to you, youth, because you’re strong, because you’ve got the idea living in you, and you have overcome evil.

As we contemplate the beginning of a new year, we may do well to reflect on this passage’s affirmations of future, past, and present.

Each generation has something to contribute: the children to the future possibilities, the parents to the personal remembrance of where the community has been in touch with its source of life, and the youth to the strength for doing the work right now.

Perhaps many communities that are struggling are having trouble, in part, because they’ve forgotten the order of things. The elder generation is trying to do it all while the children are coddled rather than challenged, and the youth are ignored.

It takes tremendous strength of character for a community, whether it’s a religious one or some other kind, to keep it’s generational house in order. But every community’s success in the new year will depend on its being able to do so.