Generation Y

Psalm 24
The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
       the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas
       and established it upon the waters.
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
       Who may stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
       who does not lift up his soul to an idol
       or swear by what is false.
He will receive blessing from the LORD
       and vindication from God his Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
       who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
When I look at my generation, so often I see a huge passiveness. Apathy. Defiance. We complain a lot, and we have opinions about everything, but we are not willing to invest effort into any kind of change. We, the children of the Babyboomers and Generation X’ers, who were defined by their political activity and involvement to rebuild a broken world after WW II, hide behind computer and TV screens and are proud of an “individualism” that slowly but surely kills any leftover social competence in us. That is NOT the community that God calls us to, and it makes me sad to see that my generation contributes so much to shape paths that so obviously lead away from the kind of life that we were designed to have. No wonder rates of mental disorders are sky-rocketing as the gap between the relational hearts that we were created with and the opportunities to have these hearts feed on one another’s compassion and empathy is getting wider and wider.
We cannot forget that we aren’t powerless. Each and every one of us has been equipped by God to make a difference, to have an impact, to change injustice. It is my fervent prayer – for my generation, and for the life that I am building with my fiancée, a wonderful man after God’s heart, to be a generation, to be a people who seek the face of God. That we might stop lifting up our souls to the false idols of this world, and refocus on the only One Who is worthy to sit on the throne of our lives. That we might honor this earth that has been given to us in all its beauty by the Lord Who “has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” A generation that can pass on blessings, and not curses, to its children. It starts today with the decisions we make. It starts with each and every one of us and our obedience to the Creator. But it doesn’t end there. Those small blessings, by His mighty Hands, are multiplied as we live our lives in community with and in selfless service to one another.


Vergesset nicht
wir reisen gemeinsam

besteigen Berge
pflücken Himbeeren
lassen uns tragen
von den vier Winden

Vergesset nicht
es ist unsre
gemeinsame Welt
die ungeteilte
ach die geteilte

die uns aufblühen läßt
die uns vernichtet
diese zerrissene
ungeteilte Erde
auf der wir
gemeinsam reisen

(Rose Ausländer)

20.6.08 11:19

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