Even the very old

To my good friends–

Yesterday I had lunch with an old friend. He was telling the story of his church–the congregation is getting older, no new (and young) people are joining, they have no children for a Sunday School, the costs are rising, and at the current rate, they only have enough money to last another 4 or 5 years.

He said that the people were old, many in their 70s, 80s and 90s, and even if they wanted to undertake new projects and breathe new life into their congregation, they are tired and unable to work.

I got to thinking (a dangerous pastime).

There are different kinds of work. Perhaps the most important is holding hope. Even–often–the very young and the very old do that.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 6th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

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  1. On January 9, 2006 at 11:20 am FootprintsintheWind.com » Blog Archive » Permeable skins Said:

    […] For example, consider my friend with the “old church:” perhaps they see church as a Sunday activity filled with ritual and sermons, and Christianity as worship and beliefs, and themselves as Christians as distinct from other people. If instead they saw church as leaking into Monday and Saturday…, and the work of the church as being a flowing into the world…, and themselves as Christians as people doing the work they are able to do around themselves…, their view of their situation would become more flower-like. […]

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