Much has been said about the youngest generations, the Millenials and Gen Z, and their apparent lack of faith.
I’m not sure that’s entirely true.
Those generations may have their weaknesses, but don’t the other generations as well.
After all, we haven’t left them a spotless record or, in many ways, a very good example to follow.
But still – those generations are apparently the most open to supporting others in the practice of faith, especially in the workplace.
I think they probably understand religious freedom in a way that other generations could learn from.
Religious freedom is often seen as the right to go into a church on a Sunday morning, have a service and then come out again. You are free to do that. But those who truly follow Jesus understand that is just the start – freedom doesn’t begin and end at the church door.
I think the younger generations probably understand better than most that true faith involves whole of life: if you believe it – you will live it.
I’m Russell Powell for the NSW Council of Churches.
Our heavenly Father, creator of all things and especially the creator of this land and its original peoples, we call out to you in these desperate times as we see the first catastrophic fire warnings for New South Wales, as fires have already swept across several parts of our land.
Our hearts cry out to you in desperation for those whose properties are affected by ravaging fires and whose very lives are in danger.
Father we pray, in your mercy, restrain the forces of nature from creating catastrophic damage; in your mercy protect human life.
Guard those who selflessly step into the breech to fight these fires. Guide police and authorities who help evacuate and shelter those who are displaced. Bring comfort and healing to all who suffer loss.
Remembering that long ago you extended your hand through your servant Moses to stop the waters and then to return the waters to their normal course, so we pray for rain.
In your mercy, we pray for drenching rain.
We pray that despite the forecasts, in your miraculous power you would bring forth rain to quench these fires and to bring life back into the earth, so that crops may grow and farmers may bring forth the harvest of the land again.
We bring these requests before your throne, in the name of your Son, who died and rose again for our deliverance,
This prayer comes from the President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies.
Originally published on SydneyAnglicans.net.