Teenagers scare some folks.
They interest and challenge me, speaking up or standing out, some through hair and body piercings, most normal as the rest of us. (There’s a scare.)
Teenagers, like us, sometimes misunderstood, housing insecurities, pressures within/without, changing bodies, also carriers of hopes and dreams. God’s beloved kids, each named with photo on heaven’s refrigerator.
As news unfolds, following the mass killing at a High School in Parkland, Florida, listen to the resolve of many of the survivors.
Consider this comment from a fourteen year old, “We don’t want comfort; we want change!”
She’d lost four of her friends.
History and current news reveal names of other standout teenagers:
Salvador Gomez Colon, age 15
Saint Therese of Lisieux, age 15
Krtin Nithiyanandam, age 15
Anne Frank, age 16
Hector Pieterson, age 16
Malala Yousafzai, age 17
The Apostle Paul wrote the following to a young man named Timothy:
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example…” (I Timothy 4:12a NLT)
A handful of Florida teenagers have issued a rallying cry for change, change ignored or blocked by some of our older leaders, too often muzzled by money.
These hurting teens don’t need or want coddling or comfort, but change and not just in regard to gun control.
Perhaps Lent’s not only a time to listen to God but to the cries of God’s children here and beyond our borders, youth caught in the evils of human slavery, civil and religious wars, poverty, abusive homes, barbaric working conditions, mental illness, opiate addiction, sub-par or no education. Silent sobs circle the globe, our young crying for basic human rights and needs.
Lord, have mercy on us.
God bless and protect these courageous teenagers with wisdom as they gather to March for change.
Anyone else want to join a youth movement?
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