Wow, what a week! I spent it at a conference about cross-generational faith formation. I’m so thankful for the wisdom of those gathered. Together we explored what happens when you bring the wisdom of the elder together with the wonder of the child in sacred space.
We thought about our changing world. While I grew up watching TV, young people today grow up interacting with their computers and phones. How do we live into the story of God’s amazing love and grace in ways that hold meaning today? The Israelites faced a similar issue back in Exodus as they prepared to cross into the Promised Land. How would they pass on the sacred story of God’s promise in changing times? I’m grateful for Dr. David Lose and the beautiful way he drew us into the Exodus story and sparked our imagination for what it means today.
Throughout the week, I kept thinking about this Sunday’s Bible story. In Luke 17:11-19 Jesus heals ten men with leprosy. One returns to give thanks. With an overflowing heart, he couldn’t help but return to give thanks. That’s exactly how I feel today. I cannot help but thank God for the wonder of creation, for the blessing of the faith community, and most of all for God’s love and grace.
But many people do not know Who to thank. Not everyone knows the everlasting love of God. Some believe they are not good enough, cute enough, smart enough, or worthy to be loved. Some people are overwhelmed with burdens and do not know that they are not alone. Many are hopeless and fearful because they do not know God’s Story is everlasting while present reality will pass.
And even when we know Who to thank, we are sometimes like the nine who didn’t return. Maybe too busy. Maybe forgetful that it was all a gift from God. Maybe overwhelmed. We need to hear and tell the story of God’s grace again and again.
As grateful people who know God’s gifts, promises, hope, and love, we return our thanks to God when we tell others. The theme verse for the Cross+Gen conference sums it up:
“We will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord and his might and the wonders he has done…that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and rise up and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God.” Psalm 78:4-7
Talk to someone younger or older about the glorious deeds and wonders of the Lord In your life. Then together give thanks to God.