Anniversaries and Generations

PortraitMarch 12th was my Grandpa’s birthday. On April 11, 2014 it will be 13 years since both my grandfathers passed away suddenly and without warning, within 2 hours of each other. Seven months before that we had buried my grandmother. The milestones of that year stick in my mind.

I have been thinking about these special people a lot lately as the anniversary approaches and as I watch Northview families walk through grief. In my personal bible reading I am slowly praying through the Psalms, and was reminded of my grandparents again today as I read:

O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.  Psalm 71:17-18

As I reflected on these words this morning I thanked God that He has taught me from my youth, and that He gave me grandparents who proclaimed His might to another generation.  None of them were particularly “hip”. They weren’t computer savvy (my grandma spoke with amazement about how we could purchase airplane tickets through the “intercom” :-)), they never learned to email and weren’t “up” on many of our day-to-day realities – the movies or TV shows we were watching or the books we were reading – BUT they were used mightily by God in our lives to proclaim His might. If you attend any class I’m teaching you will likely hear me reference their stories of faith and legacy.

Thinking of them makes me wonder if our generation is carrying on their tradition. In the past few weeks I have heard many times, from many sources, that women and men in my generation and older are shying away from connection with younger people. They feel a bit intimidated, as if they aren’t cool enough. They wonder if they are relevant, or if they have anything to offer. One of my friends spoke with the women’s ministry leader from her previous church who initiated a mentorship program;  20 women signed up – 19 of them were young women wanting to be mentored, and only one woman over the age of 50 volunteered.  Why is that?

With this question in mind, the purpose of this short blog post is to encourage those of you who may be my age (yes I’m 43 :-)) and older to consider the part that God has given you to play in the lives of those in other generations. At Northview Women events and studies there are several older women who participate, but there is always room for more.  Seeing tables of 8-10 people filled representatives from all generations is priceless; each of us has something to offer, whether its advice, time, a listening ear, or stories of God’s goodness and grace in the midst of everyday life.

O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.  Psalm 71:17-18

Blessings on you today,

Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women