with all the pressures, responsibilities and commitments
that have been thrust upon them as necessary preparation
for “the real world.” We must ask what can be done to help
our youth navigate these waters of fear and worry.
Enter the Church.
The Church has a responsibility to speak truth into the very
noisy and chaotic lives of our youth. Sometimes, however,
we miss the importance of quiet re;ections in that earnest
quest for truth. While young people need to hear the
words of Scripture, we must not forget to emphasize pow-
erful biblical realities like Sabbath rest, spiritual mentoring
and a living, breathing community, because these realities
help manage the onslaught of a culture consumed with
achievement. With these tools, we might understand
that true healing extends out of the depths of a relation-
ship with Jesus and provides us with the strength to get
through each day. By learning to “be still and know that
[He] is God” (Ps. 46: 10), today’s youth may also begin to
experience the wholeness that God has always intended
for His people. This type of spiritual reconnection not only
helps our youth to discover distant or obscure spiritual
realities, but also reshapes the way we view the world
What’s more, it may help us learn how to breathe again.