The family of God requires the participation of all generations. If not for the elder’s knowledge of a church’s traditions, how will a young child ever learn the language of their faith? If not for the enthusiasm of a toddler dancing to the opening hymn, how would those of us who have heard these hymns for decades remember how powerful they are?
Without people of different generations, we don’t grow and mature as members of a community. Intergenerational relationships aren’t always easy. But the challenges posed by living in community can make us stronger if we are willing to embrace differences rather than run from them.
This message is an excerpt from “Welcome: Walking together” by Sarah Carson in the May 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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