|“Strong Roots” – Photo by Trista Wynne|
My heart is downcast within me. I miss my time with my grandma, and I long for encouraging interactions with the elder generations around me. You graciously have provided me with several neighbors with whom I am interacting on a regular basis who are in the generation before me, and we learn so much from one another. I do, however, long for the wisdom and encouragement that came from my grandma. With her I felt safe and accepted for who I was. I was never afraid to admit a wrongdoing or a mistake, for we could often laugh together about something similar she had done when she was my age. She had many stories to tell me that brought history to life. I always learned something new when we were together. She deeply valued our relationship as well.
|“New Breath” – Photo by Trista Wynne|
We pray, dear Lord, that you might bring the generations throughout your Church together so that the younger generations might receive encouragement and mentoring, and the older generations might feel appreciated and valued. We pray for healing of the wounds which each party has inflicted upon the other. Wherever we have contributed to these wounds, we pray for grace and forgiveness. Grant us the wisdom and the courage to join together, to share our stories and to listen prayerfully to one another so that together we can enter into the blessed future that You are preparing for your worldwide Church. We pray for denominational and generational borders to gently fade so that a new, vibrant, united Church might be seen and that, as Your Beloved Son prayed, we might be known by our love of one another.
|“Beauty in New Life” – Photo by Trista Wynne|
May You, O Lord, raise up from among us prophets and visionaries, builders and activists, and developers of sustainability. May we work together so that future generations will look back upon our time and see Your Sophia-Spirit moving through what we pray, say and do together. May it all be for our Beloved’s glory in Christ Jesus.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we pray this in the name of Jesus the Christ, and we desire Your glory above our own. Amen.