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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, June 15, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #24 in Series 2020 and is titled “The Dangers of Generation Separation.”
When I was growing up in the fifties, the elderly sat on front porches surrounded by toddlers and teens. It was a common practice for groups of children to visit middle-aged and elderly neighbors to listen to tales of earlier days.
Back then, there were no such things as “senior citizens” or “adult communities.” Nursing homes were virtually non-existent, and grandparents often lived with their children and grandchildren. The grandparents gave the children time and wisdom, and the children gave the grandparents a sense of joy and lasting youth.
During the past half century, we’ve seen a dangerous phenomenon occur. I call it the “generation separation”–the deliberate attempt by our culture, and even our churches, to separate the elderly from the young and the young from the elderly. The result has been a tragic loss of wisdom for the young and respect for the elderly.
In the Biblical model, there is no separation of generations. All ages lived together, worked together, and played together. The generations were interdependent. This is God’s way, and it is His way for a reason.
Throughout the Scriptures, the older generation is commanded to instruct the younger generation in the ways of God, and the younger generation is commanded to learn from the older generation. This is not to say that the young cannot teach the old. I’ve learned more from children, especially my own, than from any other age group. It is to say, however, that the older generation has a mandate from God to teach the younger generation to know Him. How can this happen unless the generations interact?
Today, as people are living longer, it is not unusual to meet great-grandparents as well as grandparents. I personally know of some families that are blessed with five living generations. To separate the great-grandchildren from the great-grandparents would be to rob both of great blessings.
I propose, therefore, a return to the mingling of generations, for these reasons:
- It is God’s way of blessing all generations.
- It fosters respect for the elderly and wisdom for the young.
- It serves as a valuable link of understanding between the past and the future.
- It provides roots that, in turn, provide stability to families.
- It nurtures a sense of belonging and unity so essential for emotional and spiritual well-being.
If you are in a situation where you are separated from other generations, I encourage you to find a way to bridge that gap. If you have small children, bring them around the elderly. If you are among the elderly, spend time with children. Not only will you be greatly blessed, but you will be a venue of blessing to generations other than your own.
The most important thing you can do for your grandchildren is to teach them the truth about Jesus. But how can you teach them if you do not know Him yourself?
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, pray this simple prayer with me now:
Lord Jesus, I come to You, just as I am. I want to be a good grandparent to my grandchildren. I want to leave them the most important legacy I can leave them: a legacy of faith in You. So I ask You now to come into my life. I receive You as my Savior and my Lord. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.
Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.
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Thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, reminding you that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word.
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