Forsake me not; until I have shown thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. – Psalm 71:18

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What is it in the human experience that makes us so deeply desire to hand over to the next generation the spiritual ecstasy and wisdom we have encountered?

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Yet there can also be great resistance or anxiety. I remember noting in one case, how whether by intention or coincidence, the organization now had another deeply committed Christian as its new executive. As she wrote back to me: “I do need and appreciate your prayers and caring. Yes, there are challenges and divisions and disunity. But I see commonality, too – in the depth of the caring that so many people have … and in the struggle to find a way to feel closer to God. It’s a sick society, but a strong Power draws us continually. I certainly feel it, and that is central to my life.”

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And thus, He that believeth (in the Cross of Christ, which is the Power of God unto Salvation) hath a Witness in himself, the Spirit itself beareth them Witness that they are the Children of God. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

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