Please pass the faith? Does this mean something like, “Please pass the butter, I’d like to spread some on my toast”? Or does it mean, “You’re offering me faith? Oh, no thank you. I’ll pass.” The phrase “pass the faith” means all these things to me, but also makes me think of passing on. You see, this past winter I was in a head on collision which could easily have ended my life, I’ve turned sixty, my husband retired this fall, so I’m more aware of my temporality than before. I also realize I won’t be working as Mennonite Church Canada’s Formation Consultant all that much longer. I want to leave something behind, pass something on, that encourages other young seniors to find good ways of sharing their faith journeys with the younger parts of God’s family. When I’ve done this through workshops, sermons, or good empathetic chats with friends in the past God has often surprised me with insights, lingering hugs, and other blessings from God’s younger children. I wanted to share that, too, and so I’ve written a book, Please Pass the Faith: the Spiritual Art of Grandparenting. The publisher is Menno Media, and you can buy it online at these places: http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/resources, mennomedia.org or at amazon.com.
Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel