These days, as families get more and more spread out, as neighborly connections sometimes diminish due to hectic lives, the church is a place where people of different ages have a chance to celebrate, interact, and pray for one another. While church isn’t the only place intergenerational relationships can happen, our shared bond of faith and prayer gives these relationships an extra level of meaning.
Our kids are fortunate to have many positive adult role models in their lives, including a neighbor couple and many other people in our congregation who love and care for them. Having a pastor for their parent definitely helps church members to keep up with their lives, but our kids are not the only ones older members know and greet by name.
When the church is at its best, intergenerational relationships are powerful.
This message is an excerpt from “Give us this day: Drawing generations together” by Kari Van Wakeren in the May 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), who died in 1221.