11/3/19 – From Generation to Generation

Posted on : Oct 31st, 2019 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Richard Floyd, one of our UCC “God Is Still Speaking” writers, wrote a beautiful reflection on Psalm 145:4 entitled, “From Generation to Generation.”  His words offer rich insight to us as we celebrate the births and baptisms of so many children in our community, as we remember the many loved ones who have died and now live eternally in God’s love, and as we embrace the journey of remembering, valuing and making sense of our time together these last 35 years.  Here are Richard’s thoughts:

“One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” – Psalm 145:4

I treasure my faith in God, but faith hasn’t always been easy for me and I don’t take it for granted. It never stops being something of a mystery to me. 

But one thing I do know about faith is that you don’t come to it alone. And by faith I don’t mean just belief in a set of doctrines, but deep trust that God is real and good and loving. 

When I say that faith is something you don’t come to alone I am referring to the many people who help us along the way of our faith journeys. 

As our verse for today reminds us, faith is a multi-generational project. Each generation tells the next generation the great story of God’s vast love. In that regard, our faith is not only something we have, but also something we get from others. 

I think back to the many people who helped me to have faith. Often it was not what they told me so much as who they were, a certain authenticity about them and the way they acted. I don’t know if I ever consciously thought, “I want to be like that person” but that is the way it worked. 

So authentic faith is contagious, something you “catch” from others. From generation to generation faithful witnesses live it out and pass it on.

Prayer
Let us exalt you, O God that the next generation may learn of your wondrous works and your mighty acts and catch the gift of faith.
Amen to that! 

Blessings,

Dan

Matthew 5:1-12

The Beatitudes

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and God’s rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. God’s food and drink is the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

And Jesus continued, “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me, What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens — for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

From The Message,  Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

 

Psalm 145:4

“One generation shall laude your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”

 

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