Life is a complex journey on Planet Earth in these days. Extraordinarily beautiful at times and incredibly painful at others. And sometimes there is both pain and beauty in the same moment. I think these things have become only more true in our current age. And I think the intensity of these truths are becoming overwhelming to the up and coming generation, because there is almost no sheltering them from these realities while they are yet still children, only dressed up in adult clothes.
Underneath the makeup, the body piercings and tattoos I think there may be a lot of fear and a loss of hope as they face the seeming tidal wave of our world as it is right now. And so many are taking their lives, cutting and breaking themselves because it’s too large and too hard. It’s all over their little and big screens. And it’s ripping their families apart.
But there is Jesus. And though He seems like some ancient relic from a bygone time, or the stuff of fairytales, or just some religious notion stuck in the minds of parents, He is as real today as He was the day He rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey’s foal to surrender Himself as the Sacrifice Lamb at Golgotha.
Jesus is bigger than the world with all its struggle and sin. And He is closer than the air we breathe. He is the personification of hope overcoming the death and despair of this world. He is the Great Beauty.
May we truly teach our children how to find their hope in Him.
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