Don't leave Eutychus on the windowsill!

Are we mentally leaving anyone outside of church? Or are we including all in the embrace of our love?

We hear a lot these days about young people, their future, their successful or not-so-successful—yet so necessary—integration into society. The school system, and even the way society views its youth, are being challenged and various solutions considered. ...

The same situation can be found in churches. A lack of young people, a lack of renewal, is sometimes evident. It would almost seem as though a link were missing between the end of Sunday School and the participation of young people in church activities.

As I was praying about this recently, I found a story from the Bible very helpful. We find it in Acts, which depicts the beginnings of the Christian Church. The scene takes place in Troas, where the Apostle Paul has just spent a week preaching the gospel of Christ Jesus. Many were gathered in an upper chamber. We read, "And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead."

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February 15, 1993

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