the youth in our lives, our faith communities, our world…

So many times we seem to stretch toward our young people in an effort to keep them connected to the church, to give them a place to be safe and express their uniqueness without criticism. With good intentions, ‘reaching-out’ can often feel like pulling-back’.

Young people have eyes and imagination looking ahead to what will be. Their vision of the church-future most certainly has the foundation passed to them across the centuries but its appearance and expression will reflect God’s culture (some might use kingdom) in a world not yet realized.

What would it be like to sit, wait, welcome and listen? Their perspective is important now. A Faith of Their Own — an article from the blog, ‘BuildingFaith‘, offers some helpful insight.

4 thoughts on “the youth in our lives, our faith communities, our world…”

  1. Very helpful, Carrie: and that’s just your remarks. I haven’t gone to the referenced blog.
    This also applies to ageing parents “reaching out” to grown children—wanting to stay in touch; wanting to still say “I love you;” wanting to be a part of their lives, though there is no longer a place for us in their lives and indeed these reachings out perhaps often feel like “grasping.” I never remember the “waiting Father” sending a text or an e-mail to the so-called-prodigal. He just waited. Loving perhaps in a different way–now from afar and with no reciprocity–but waiting. Particularly in my vocation, I am continually reminded of what the Psalmist says: “He eats away all that is precious to us.” Perhaps that’s not a universal, but for those whom God wants ONLY for Godself…it seems to pretty much work that way.
    In God’s Splendor,


  2. Great insight! Reaching out always has risks. We share the same longing with all those we love and feel a commitment toward.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts — in peace, CC


  3. It reminds me of Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Sensory World”. While not written specifically for youth, it does reach into the future. At the least it speaks to the “youth” in me, especially the very last line, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”


    1. ‘one wild and precious life’ — what a grand description for the youthful heart! Do we ever really have the answer?
      I am honored to have Mary Oliver mentioned on this blog. Thank you.


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