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October letter

Dear Everyone,

‘Crabbed age and youth cannot live together’ writes Shakespeare’ Youth is full of pleasance, age is full of care’

Old people can be crabby, especially when they are going through frustrating times; but young people can also be crabby, especially as they struggle towards maturity.

Recently after leading a Sunday morning service, a teenage girl said:

’Thank you for the service, it was really cool!’

This made my day! I wasn’t particularly speaking to young people present, but felt very encouraged to have said something that had some resonance with a young member of the congregation.

Giving guidance to others can be very valuable but how important careful listening is as well.

The young and the elderly need to listen to each other because in very different ways they are going through times of change. Both ages can be dogmatic, but also mutually supportive. Real wisdom includes listening from both ends of the age-spectrum, and bearing in mind the needs of those ‘in between’ as well.

All need to reach towards maturity of understanding in whatever walks of life they are involved. Church, family, community and global concerns especially require a commitment from us to listen and share in order to feel ‘at one’ with each other.

The prophet Joel envisages God saying

‘I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.’

We had a first glimpse of this on the Day of Pentecost.

May different ages learn to share their dreams and visions together.

With all good wishes,

and every blessing,


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