Summary: We all have a sense of generational breach… but God calls us into generational blessing.
Series: Living in the Blessing
November 21, 2010
Summary – We all have a sense of generational breach… but God calls us into generational blessing. God sees something valuable in young and old. (Younger have natural openness and strength. Older have life-giving provision and life-guiding wisdom.) While parents are told of the significance of blessing children… and children blessing parents… more generally we are called as older in life to bless younger in life and younger in life to bless older in life. Gathering concludes with a final stated blessing between each.
Intro – From Generational Breach … to Generational Blessing
Today we‟re concluding our series focused on the blessing God has for us as our eternal Father… and how we can in turn bless others.
We began hearing the central story which Jesus told of a prodigal son… central to the story is the Father‟s blessing… that is what Jesus has come to restore.
But it is also a story of a YOUNGER son… walking away from his family… and an OLDER brother… dismissing and denouncing him in response.
This reflects a great tragedy… which is the blessing that is often lost between generations.
It was the Father who blessed both. And in the household of God… we discover a value that is unique to those of younger years… and to those of older years.
Today we are going to conclude our series with the unique blessing between generations… between those younger in life and those older in life.
To bless is to „affirm God‟s gifts and potential in another.”
Many of us have some familiarity with God‟s call for children to bless their parents… and parents to bless their children. What we discover is that there is a broader blessing that transcends family. There is a blessing of one generation to another. Parents are to bless their children… and certainly have the primary role in doing so… but all of God‟s people were to bless the next generation. Jesus who had no children of his own… yet blessed the children who were brought to him. In a similar way…. children are to bless their parents… but all who were younger were to bless and honor those older.
So today… we are going to consider what is to be honored and blessed in each generation… each stage of life… and then close by sharing in a blessing across the generations.
If we are going to bless what each stage reflects that is special… we are going to have to realize that the other stages are just that… a different stage not a different species.
One challenge we all face is that we tend to identify so much with the age that we are… that we see everyone else as completely different. We become so identified with our experience of life at a particular age that we become separated from others by it.
When very young – older adults like our parents, are caretakers… gods… and often gods that we beckon (… which can beg the question… who really is the god of the system.)