From Generation to Generation
by Melanie Wai
The shrill whistle of steam blowing through the top of the tea kettle brought Clara hurrying into the kitchen. She switched off the burner and carefully poured hot water into the two mugs on the counter, then carried the steaming cups into the parlor. She handed one to her friend Donna, then kept hers as she carefully sat down.
“Ahh! Now, there’s nothing that goes together better with bible study than a nice hot cup of tea!” Clara said as she dipped her tea bag up and down in her mug. The delightful fragrance of oranges and cinnamon began to waft up through the air.
“You can say that again!” Donna agreed as she sipped from her mug. The cool scent of peppermint began to drift over and mingle with the scents from Clara’s tea and created a refreshing combination of minty, spicy and citrus aromas that filled their cozy little space.
“Now, where were we?” Clara said, taking another sip of tea and picking up her bible.
“Oh yes, Paul. You know, he was in jail when he wrote the letter to the Colossians? He actually had never been to Colossae, he had only heard about the church there from Epaphras. And boy were they having problems! They were falling for just about every kind of false teaching and philosophy you can think of! This was taking them away from their beliefs, and Paul was trying to remind them of their first love, Jesus Christ!”
“He had never been there? Really?” Donna said. “Hmm.”
Donna and Clara had been meeting together for a little over 6 months. Donna was a single mom with a rambunctious 7-year-old little girl and had met Clara, a retired school librarian, at a trunk-or-treat event last year. They also happened to be neighbors. Clara had led Donna to the Lord a short time later and they had been meeting ever since.
Donna knew something was missing in her life and had been searching. Her daughter Macey was beginning to show signs of rebellion and she was looking for help. She found it in her new-found faith in Christ, her friend Clara and her new church. Some of her friends teased her about Clara and called her her “old-lady friend” but she didn’t care. She was learning so much from their times together! She wished everyone had a Clara in their life! She began to think of the people in her small group at church and how they missed out on having someone like Clara.
“Oh my!” Clara exclaimed. “Our time always seems to just fly by!” Clara gently closed her bible and smiled at Donna. She loved this girl. Her hunger for God’s Word was remarkable! She couldn’t believe that she was so afraid to approach her about meeting together so long ago. Now look what God has done!
“You know what Donna? I just wish there were more like you!” she said. “And I wish there were more like you!” Donna said. “As a matter of fact…I’ve been thinking.”
“Uh oh…judging by the look on your face, I’m not sure I’m going to like this” Clara said.
“You’re going to love it Miss Clara, I promise!” Donna replied.
“I think you know how much I love our times together…how much I’ve learned from you! You know so much more than me and have lived so much more life! You have a lot to give. The selfish part of me wants to keep you all to myself, but I know a lot of other people my age that would benefit from your biblical knowledge and the knowledge of others your age. So, I thought, how about if my small group got together with your small group from church on a regular basis? Like maybe once every month or couple of months? We could even pair up within our groups! I even thought of a name for our times together. We could call it ‘Gen2Gen’…as in Generation to Generation! What do you think?”
Clara could see the excitement in Donna’s eyes as she was talking. It only matched the exhilaration she was feeling in her own heart. This was fantastic! It was just the thing her class needed to get them up and out of their seats. Some of them needed a purpose…someone to pour into. This could be just the thing!
“I love it Donna!” Clara exclaimed. “What a great idea! I’m guessing you haven’t talked to your leader yet? Ok. You need to talk to them about it, and I will talk to mine. My guess is that they will be all in. I know mine will.
“You know this reminds me of a verse, 2 Timothy 2:2 says ‘and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.’ Let’s talk to God about it.” Clara smiled and reached over and took Donna’s hand. Together they bowed their heads and prayed the first of many prayers to come.
Every generation is important. We have a tremendous opportunity to pour our lives into the next generation, live out a Christ-centered life, and accomplish the mission God has called us to.
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