Credit: Glen Bradshaw, Definitive Light Photography.

 “God…reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ

(2 Co 5:18–19)

they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart

(1 Sa 16:7)

The term “Generation Gap” describes differences in the way generations “see” things. Saturday’s Youth Day, followed by Father’s Day on Sunday, invites us to ponder that “gap”. So does the Old Testament lesson! Neither Samuel (a “Father” of the nation) nor Jesse (father of David) considered young David a potential king. Even the Prophet Samuel, so sensitive to God’s voice in youth, had his judgement clouded by outward appearance. He needed to be reminded, “the Lord looks at the heat” (1 Sa. 16:7).

Our combined morning Service on Sunday plants us in the gap between different generations who have different ways of seeing the world and different ways of worshiping. God, the Ancient of Days who never gets old, gives us the ministry of reconciliation. In Christ “everything has become new” (2 Co. 5:17)! Whether old or young or rich or poor or man or woman, God is the “Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Eph 4:6).

God Bless,
Sean

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