Generations are powerful conduits.
In an oral tradition of storytelling, each generation is given the task of passing on vital cultural truths. These tales keep alive the identity of a nation, even as older generations pass away. Listen to the mighty power through generations,
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” –Psalm 145:3-4 [NIV]
But what about today? Information is disseminated through channels so efficient, they do not require the physical presence of another person. Knowledge and wisdom have been severed from relationships. Questions are answered in the privacy of personal electronics.
Relationally disconnected and disengaged, we’ve lost sight of the value of intergenerational friendships. Instead, each era claims its identifying—and often isolating—traits.
And yet, we know this is not the way it’s supposed to be. We are bothered by the silos of age and life stage. We eschew virtual reality as not reality.
We dream of deeper connections. We hunger for meaningful relationships.
In our church, we hold dear the meaning and potential of intergenerational relationships. We believe that every generation brings value to the church. And we know that young people—who often struggling to find their voice—are vital to the church.