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A Good City

A Good City

30 September 2010

Today’s Reading: Zechariah 7-9; Luke 13

Scripture:

4 A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: “Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes—a good city to grow old in. 5 And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.” (Zechariah 8:4-5 MSG)

Zechariah’s vision of the restored city of Jerusalem is pictured and prophesied several ways in this chapter, but my attention was really grabbed when I read these two verses. God said that Jerusalem will be “a good city to grow old in and a good city to grow up in.”

Seniors sitting on park benches telling stories and boys and girls laughing and playing in the playgrounds. Sounds absolutely idyllic!

There’s a new reality beginning to take shape in our world. For the first time in the history of earth, there are more people over 65 years of age than under five years of age. It seems paradoxical that as the huge Baby Boomer generation begins to reach its senior years, the birth rate is dropping nearly everywhere. So, while we have been focusing much of our outreach effort on the young, almost to the exclusion of the old, we are awakening to the reality that there is an incredible opportunity before us of effective ministry both by and to those in the senior seasons of life.

One of the passions of the healthiest churches is to be intergenerational. Healthy churches want to be churches that don’t focus only on one age or stage of life, but are rather “whole life” churches. We want to be a church that is made up of people of all ages, has something to offer to people of all ages, and has something for people of all ages to do – to participate and make a contribution to the life of the church and the community.

Still sounds absolutely idyllic.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be involved in intergenerational ministry and intergenerational life. I pray for your churches across America and around the world this morning that you will help us become churches that are truly “whole life” church, intergenerational churches. Help us to be good “cities of God” to grow up in and to grow old in. Amen.

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