Growing up my family had an annual tradition of spending a week at family camp at Mount Hermon, in the Redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I lived for family camp. The counselors, the songs, and especially our traveling musician - Jack Pearson. However, the most exciting part for me was the moment every year that we would drive up Conference drive and be greeted by lines of redwood trees. I would stick my head out the window (yes, like a small blonde dog-boy) and savor the smell of the coastal redwoods.
The roots of redwoods are easily my favorite attribute of them. They grow in a shallow root system - extending over 100 feet from the base of their tree. The roots intertwine with other redwood trees, this increases their stability during strong winds and floods. Due to the nature of redwood forests, this means that there would be 80 year-old trees in the same forest as 20 year-old trees, all with roots intertwined. They support each other. The roots also connect to one another, they share water and other crucial nutrients that lead to growth. They need one another to flourish.
Scripture: Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:15-16
I love that redwood trees give us a picture of what the Kingdom of Heaven on earth looks like. One of the reasons I believe in the Church is that I believe we are at our best when we are connected to one another. When every generation in the church doesn't just see each other, but puts in the work of knowing each other then I believe we start to become a more full picture of the Kingdom on earth.
How can you be more connected to different generations in your church? Who are you pouring into? Who is pouring into you?