The Next Generation

One day, Moses, Jesus and a very old man were playing golf. They got to a water hole, and Moses was the first to tee off.  So, he took his shot, and it landed squarely in the middle of the water.  But Moses parted the water, took another shot, and landed next to the hole. Jesus was next, and his shot ended up in the middle of the water as well.  But Jesus walked out onto the water, took another shot, and landed even closer to the hole. Then the old man tee’d off.  He landed right in the middle of the water hole as well.  But just then a frog came by, and picked up the ball, and started to hop away with it – when suddenly an eagle came swooping down from the sky and picked up the frog in its claws.  As it was flying over the green, the frog dropped the ball, and the ball rolled straight into the hole for a perfect hole in one. Moses then turned to Jesus and said, “I hate playing golf with your father.”

One of the very few advantages of Covid is that for a service like this when there are so many people here – I am advised to keep it short.  So just one point for the sermon – but a very important one.  Violet will learn from you.  So what you do matters just as much as what you say.

If you love her, she will learn to love.

If you forgive her, she will learn to forgive,

If you praise her, she will learn to do well and praise others.

If you shout at her angrily, she will learn to be angry and shout at other people.

If you lie to her, she will learn how to lie

if you criticise her, she will learn not to love herself.

It’s obvious  – and it’s difficult at the same time.  

The way we adults treat children today will change the way the next generation grow up.  .. ..  It is probably the greatest responsibility any of us will ever have.

Jesus said:  Your leaders and teachers sit in the seat of Moses and teach the law – they teach what is right  –   so take care to do what they teach, but don’t do what they do – because they talk and then they don’t follow their own teaching … they lay heavy loads on people and won’t lift a finger to help.

And so my friends –  like it or not  – we live in a world where some people seem to be saying ‘do what I say, not what I do’  –  but we have to be different – we have to be different for the next generation –  we have to be different for Violet’s sake.

The Very Rev’d Paul Kennington