This week, I am offering prayers of thanksgiving for the youth of our church. Scripture reminds us that “Children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3) and at Good Shepherd, we are truly blessed by our young people.
This coming Sunday, we will hold our annual Youth Sunday at Good Shepherd and every part of our Sunday worship experience will be offered by the youngest members of our congregation. If we consider the church to be like a tree, then the children of a church should be recognized as the roots of the tree. A tree can shed it leaves, drop its branches and even have its trunks cut, but if it loses its roots, it is as good as dead.
I have seen churches struggle to survive and grow and one of the best predictors of a church’s congregational vitality is the strength of its youth. Think about it, if a family with children is visiting a church for the first time, one of the first things they will have an interest in is whether or not the church has anything to offer their children. No children at church is almost a guarantee that the family visiting for the first time is also visiting for the last time.
Proverbs 22:6 reminds us to “start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
I hope you will join me in offering prayers of gratitude for the children and youth of Good Shepherd. They are the products of loving and caring Christian families who desire to see their children taught and surrounded by godly and upright people. Praise God that Good Shepherd UCC is blessed by such wonderful families.