Advent Devotion 2

Generation to Generation

Anne-Britton Arnett


Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
 I will open my mouth in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,
 things that we have heard and known,
    that our ancestors have told us.
 We will not hide them from their children;
    we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
    and the wonders that he has done.

Psalm 78:1-4 (NRSV)

A few weeks ago, I was talking to my Aunt Lizzie, who is the sister of my mom and Aunt Peggy.  We were chatting about churches, and she gave me an idea to sit down with my kids to get their perspective on our church.  What a fantastic idea!  We never really do an “inventory” on what we love about church, and it has been a fun task.  It was incredibly heartwarming, and their responses amazed me.  The church they are growing up in is a very different CHBC than I grew up in, during the 1970s and 1980s.  This advent season, we are so grateful for our church family.  Their responses are here:

·     We love the diversity, in race and in age (Asian, American, young, old).

·     The people we know and love in our church are caring, wise, influential, and kind to us.

·     We have so many opportunities to do so many things together, as a church family.

·     Our youth group is amazing.  We have great friends, and do so many awesome things together (trips like Passport and retreats, and we get to serve our community together).

·     The AMOUNT of people in our church is amazing….there are so many people that we get to look up to and call FAMILY.

·     Youth group Passport is amazing, I’ve gotten close with our entire youth group, and many of them are my best friends.

·     I love our retreats.  We get time to enjoy campfires, and sit quietly with our friends.

·     We have grown up with the family of God in our church, so they know the good and bad that has happened in our lives.

·     Cultures have united at CHBC, so I have had the opportunity to learn so much about a culture that I had no clue about, without CHBC.

·     I have been given the opportunity to learn to include people, and get outside of my comfort zone.

It was so fascinating to me to get their perspective.  And I have to say, their reflections are not so dissimilar from those that I would have had when I went to In-The-Oaks, looking up to the Schnur kids, with Darrell still leading campfire, and Louie still striking up the piano.

God is Good.  Generation after generation.  Whether that generation be American or Karen, we have all loved the same God.  And, ironically, have done so at the same place….2800 Frankfort Avenue, at the corner of Birchwood.  Merry Christmas and Love to all of our Christian brothers and sisters this holiday season.  You have blessed our lives in ways we never could have anticipated, ten years ago.

Thank you God, for loving us and helping us love each other from generation to generation. Amen.