What comes to mind when you hear the words “blessing” and “generations”? Do you picture the joy-filled, affectionate relationship of a grandparent and young child? Do you see the great gift of a new little one to a congregation as a pastor dips his or her fingers in the font, baptizing the child into the community of faith? Or perhaps you think of your family—aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, step-brothers, half-sisters, neighbors and friends—without whom your life would not be the same.
We know that the gift of generations is, in fact, a blessing. But who among us also hasn’t said to themselves at one time, “Oh, people that age just don’t get it,” or “My generation would never do or say that”? The gift of generations comes easily in some families—church families included—and a little less so in others.
This message is an excerpt from the devotional, “From generation to generation: Two-way blessings,” by Christa von Zychlin in the May 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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