Archive for April 29th, 2009

Long Way To Go

This past Sunday we had the unique opportunity to have the youth that have just returned from a mission trip to Jamaica share with the congregation.  It was a beautiful service where many testimonies of healing and salvation were spoken.  At times I was moved to tears and at others I was wanting to stand and cheer.  To hear of how far some of the youth that I have had the privilege to pastor have come is very heart warming for me.

praying_hands014But I also realize that there is still a long way to go.  We have a great youth culture in our church and they are a real priority to many.  One of our values as a church is intergenerational ministry.  We saw the evidence of this as many adults as well as children were ministered to by the messages and testimonies that were shared.  Towards the end of both services an opportunity was given to come and have the youth pray for people who may have been struggling with some of the same issues that the youth were able to find freedom in.  Depression, fear, anger, unforgiveness, thoughts of suicide – many issues had been brought up.  I truly felt as though the front of the sanctuary would have been flooded with people responding to their need for prayer in these areas.  That wasn’t the case.  Sure, some people came forward and received prayer.  It was great to see.  I am not discouraged by that.  But I know that there are still many who needed to come who did not.  

That is why I feel we still have a long way to go.  Pride keeps us from admitting that we need help.  Pride keeps us from receiving from others who may be younger and less experienced than us.  Pride also keeps us from finding true freedom in our struggles.  My prayer today is that we would become a fully transparent people who would run boldly to receive the help that we need.  Then, and only then, will we be seen as a truly intergenerational ministry where all generations are free to help each other.