“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse” (Malachi 4:5-6) is a favorite promise.
I like God’s promise to launch a rescue operation before launching a destructive force against an evil society.
I like the fact that it is the Lord who initiates the promise and pledges to fulfill it.
I like the picture of adult hearts being filled with compassion for younger persons and younger people loving older ones.
It is a promise of community and interdependent encouragement like God originally created and which He is recreating in Christ Jesus.
When the Lord’s angel told elderly and childless Zechariah that he and his Elizabeth were going to receive a son, the angel said, “Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:16-17).
This is a profound description of the Lord’s work among people, including the Hillcrest community. He is daily opening the hearts of younger and older people, so lost persons are united with God in Jesus Christ, and thus united to each other.
You, parents, friends, and prayer/financial partners are critical members of this mission! Thank you and Glory be to God.