Me to We

May 2011, the United Kingdom celebrated a royal wedding. Prince William and his bride Catherine Middleton wed amidst pomp and circumstance that reminded many of William’s parents. In 1981, the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana drew unprecedented publicity. Viewers watched a “fairy tale” marriage that began with a horse-drawn carriage. Unfortunately, the union ended with allegations of cheating, depression, divorce, and a tragic death. The “fairy tale” crumbled before our eyes.

In stark contrast my grandparents and those of my wife, were children of the great depression. Growing up in rural poverty they depended on an important heritage of both history and faith to survive the challenging years that followed.  Even today, my children benefit from their great-grandparents’ faith because they see that their grandparents and parents have personally accepted the faith modeled for us as by those of the previous generation. Far from what anyone would call a “fairy tale”  their lives yielded a far-reaching, multi-generational influence.   This ability to bridge the generation gap, sometimes even better than parents can, can be directly traced to the concepts Paul begins to explore in the second chapter of his letter to Titus. Older Christians have a unique responsibility and opportunity to seize every opportunity of relating to the younger generation, so that their faith will become the faith of their children’s children. 

Someone once wrote: I do not ask for mighty words To leave them all impressed, But grant my life may ring so true My family will be blessed.  The richest inheritance we can leave is a Godly example.

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