Thank you, God, for all those elders who share their wisdom with young folks, such as the African-American grandmother who encouraged inner-city girls to live like their families taught them, instead of like their culture tempted them, and the wonderful indigenous grandmother, who shared at a Reconciliation Circle how she always struggled to watch out for her family. I’m personally thankful for an older pastor who got me help after a wave of teen suicides almost overwhelmed me. Most of all, I am grateful for the old and wise love I received from my own family members, especially when my stress levels were through the roof.
Now I’ve grown older, and I’m expected to show by example how God wants us to live-even if God’s values are given short shrift today-by investing time and love in my grandchildren, hoping that they’ll fall in love with my God and then pass that love along to their kids and grandkids long after I’m gone. That’s the “harvest of righteousness” I long for.
May the peace of the Prince of Peace be with us all. Amen. — BB