Our annual parish-wide devotional, "God in Your Inbox."
One of the stories of my mother's childhood was of a difficult family time that occurred during the Great Depression. Her dad lost the printing business he had created in Gastonia, N.C. and the family lost everything. They moved to Charlotte and over time they recovered. But my mother's memory as a child was much affected by that loss and what it meant to her parents.
I suspect we are all more affected by the events of our childhood and young adulthood than we may consider. I remember where I was, walking across my college campus when someone told me about President Kennedy's assassination. I was a freshman and had gone off to school with that youthful president's inspiring words in the back ground. That loss was quickly followed by Dr. King's death and then Bobby Kennedy's death.
Today's kids are being affected by Pandemic and protests. We are not protected from hard times, but how we face them is our choice. We are people of faith and of resolute care for others. Our kids are watching us and are developing their own world views. Now more than ever we need to hold on to our faith. As this week's Epistle from Romans reminded us 'trouble produces fortitude, fortitude produces character, character produces hope and hope does not disappoint'. The Lord is good, his mercy everlasting and his faithfulness endures from age to age (Psalm 100).