by Melissa Guthrie Loy–
Kids these days…they’re pretty awesome.
They are kind and thoughtful. They are imaginative and hopeful. They are helpful and responsible.
I’ve written about my children before–Stephanie, Tommy, Josephine. But I’m thinking about Ben and Trent, Nick, Taryn, Jack, Olivia and Elizabeth, Lawson, Abiah, Amna, Bella, George and Charlie.
There’s also Harper and Sadie and Audrey, Eli and Ellah, Grace and Will. These youth participated in the Neighborhood Youth Project and many of them helped lead worship on May 19.
Throughout the fall, winter and spring months of youth group meetings, these young people built friendships with one another and they served in the community. At Christmastime they gave away gifts at Four Seasons Town Center, leaving money in candy machines, giving flowers and wrapping paper to strangers among other random acts of kindness.
In February the youth collected food and money for the One Step Further Food Pantry and served at the Souper Bowl of Caring.
The youth discussed scripture and worshiped together. And they played together, too.
When the Neighborhood Youth Project held its end-of-the-year party this past weekend, I felt sad to say summer good-byes but I felt proud of their growth and character. These kids, kids these days, they are leaders in their schools and role models to younger children. They are discovering their gifts and contributing to the life of the church, here at FCC and at Congregational United Church of Christ, with whom we partner.
Kids these days. They are teaching me so much.
Perhaps you know one of these young people. Perhaps you have children and youth of your own. Perhaps you have young people in your neighborhood. I hope we choose to see and I hope we welcome and affirm the many gifts of kids these days.