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26 March 2008

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Andrew T

Sorry to hear of your evening being somewhat spoiled by the behaviour of drunken youths, it seems to be an ever increasing problem in our society and whilst some might say that it has always been this way I think events in recent times show that it is getting worse.

Yesterday I was concerned to hear of the experience of a friend over the weekend when some young "ladies" of around 15 or 16 years of age for no apparent reason attacked properties in his street and then assaulted him when he went to remonstrate with them. Thankfully he was not left badly hurt but his wife was understandably most upset. Unfortunately incidents like this seem depressingly common these days around the country.

There is definately something missing in youngsters' lives these days and it goes beyond the pat solutions of opening youth clubs, (which will promptly be vandalised, no doubt), or chucking money at the problem. There needs to be a fundamental change in the message that they receive from the media and other sources that life is basically concerned with the accumulation of the latest "must haves" and that relationships between people are based solely upon what the other person can do for you. Needless to say, the ideas of service and self-sacrifice have become alien to many!

Now having started my post on a rather sombre note I shall finish on a more upbeat one! Another acquintance of mine labours in the field of youth work and bringing the Gospel to youngsters in schools and in the streets of the centre and east end of Glasgow. I am constantly encouraged by his recollections of how many young people who might appear the most unlikely of hearers at first often turn out to be the most receptive to the message. Perhaps a lesson for us all there?

"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them"

-Ecclesiastes 12:1 (AV).

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