3 John 1:6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. (NIV)
I’ve been at Erin Church for more than 21 years and during that time, I’ve watched young children grow up to become wonderful adults. I’m often amazed at how far away most of them now live in the United States, but through email and Facebook, I get to see what they’re doing and accomplishing in their lives.
As I see their successes, I remember the times they spent in Sunday School, music programs, Vacation Bible school, youth groups and conferences, as well as many of the ministries and missions that our church has supported. I hope and pray that the memories of those events, times, and days will draw them closer to God as they journey through life. Whenever we get to see them back at Erin, we are always delighted to greet them and catch up with their accomplishments.
I guess what we try to do at Erin with our young people is the Apostle John described so long ago in today’s highlighted verse: we do our utmost to send them on their way in a manner that honors God. It’s a wonderful privilege and a precious gift from God to have young people in any church. I am truly thankful for those who journey through our doors and go out into the world to make their own mark. As always, our hopes and prayers are with them, for we are proud of who they are and love what they become.
Questions for personal reflection
Who are the young people in my life that are still precious to me? What can I pray for them?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the young people in our lives whose energy and enthusiasm, ambitions and goals are still being accomplished. Thank You for the many times that we have faithfully supported and encouraged them. Bless all of their hopes and dreams for the future. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to ask questions or make comments about this message, please send him an email to Traqair@aol.com.
Today’s image is one of John’s Communion drawings called “Chalice.” If you would like to view a larger version, please click this link: Chalice.