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  Love Will Endure Scripture: Paul wrote, “. . . where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” I Cor. 13:8, NIV

    No doubt about it! Someone, somewhere, has a label for you.
             We call members of our current most numerous age group “Baby Boomers.” What do you have to do to be labeled a Boomer? Just be born between the years of 1946 and 1964. KA- Stamp! You’re a Boomer!
        Puzzled about Gen-X’ers?  So was I. Turns out they are children of the Boomers. Now comes (Yes!)  Gen-Y  -  children of Gen-X’ers, no less!
         Not too many Flappers still active - those who came of age in the Roaring Twenties. There  are still lots of us depression babies around, born during the lean ‘’30s, now Senior Citizens by age. (The Geritol®  Generation)
          Pre-war . . . Post war. WWII (World War II) was a defining moment in world history, the hinge of the 20th Century. I can tell you from experience that  Gen-X’ers look upon those years as ancient history.
        You will gain  a  revelation if you try to teach mid 20th century history, no matter how much you work to make it interesting. It’s  hard  for a student to  get  excited about something they haven’t personally experienced. 
                   Generation gap, here we come!
    Still, some things need to be passed on to the Gen-whatever’s:   Our heritage. Things the coming generations receive as a result of their birth into a nation or religious community, transmitted by,  or acquired from - US - their predecessors. Things we hopefully have acquired from our ancestors.
       Every generation has its fads - those things that are one year hot, and next year “Not!” Remember pet rocks, hula hoops, the Charleston? How about Howdy Doody  or Uncle Miltie? Aha! You’ve just dated yourself!  Musical styles change; .favorite songs all too quickly become 'Golden Oldies.'   Fashion has its ups and downs. You get the idea.
        Most of these things do not endure. Beyond fond memories  (maybe)  there is not  much of an enduring impact left when they go to the trash heap of popular culture. People move on. To what?
        Love endures. Unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as
        (1):The fatherly concern of God for humankind;
        (2): brotherly concern for others;
                  b : a person's adoration of God.
     All other things    (read Paul’s letter,   I Corinthians Chapter 13)  will pass away. If we want to truly leave a legacy, an inheritance to future generations, whether X, Y, or Z, so live that you leave these three:
 . . . Faith, Hope, Love.
    “But the greatest of these is Love” (vs. 13b)
    God is Love, and love will endure!     
February 3, 2002        

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