Here is an interesting article worth the reading. San Francisco is losing children. It has become a city where the dream of having a family goes to die. But it’s not just San Francisco. It’s also a reflection about the kind of world we are building where children increasingly don’t fit into our plans. With the increase of wealth and opportunity, the force of unchecked individualism is an acid eating away at family networks and communities of love and belonging. The price we are paying is increasingly evident.
One of the reasons I insist on being a faithful part of a church community is the role churches will play as our culture tumbles into an era of hyper-isolationism. At some point individuals wake up and find that they are really alone, no matter how much stuff and fame they have accumulated. There the church stands with an open door, offering the welcome of God and the love of community weaned away from lives of self-interest.
Loneliness is a soul killer. To be fully human we must give and receive love. As families grow smaller and increasingly couples divorce later and later in life with years yet ahead due to the advances in health care, it is then that perhaps the voice of the Good Shepherd can be heard, “Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Listened to Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely” yesterday on the elliptical at the gym. I was reminded of the church’s mission. I was also reminded of the role of family friendly governmental policies that support a culture of life, family and community.