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For Christians serving in any form of ministry,

as pastors, teachers, mentors, leaders,

as believing churches,

we must put ourselves in a strategic position

between old and young,

having our roots firmly planted in the past,

solid in Biblical heritage…

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but also with branches reaching out,

rising upward,

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giving room for the prospects and potential

of spring’s blossoms and ripening fruit,

for nourishing future growth.

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Trees must have both or they will be of little worth…

solid roots with no arms extended,

no leaves providing shade,

no flowers to delight the senses,

no fruit to sustain longevity—

or full branches not firmly connected,

barely grasping the rich, deep soil.

Either condition is undesirable,

proving detrimental in time

if roots and branches do not find the commonality they share.

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Churches must bridge the chasm between young and old—

because those old were once young,

with ideas, energy, gadgets, tastes and styles of a strange sort,

anxious for the next day, racing toward the years to come,

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while those young will someday be aged,

weary, winding down, clinging to the past, longing to be home.

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We must consciously remember:

a tree is not a tree without both roots and branches.

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