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Elizabeth Nussen on Generational Spacing & Familial Inertia

The week my son, my mother’s first grandchild, was born, she held him close, noses almost touching. “I promise to live to be an old woman and to dance at your wedding,” she whispered, “if you promise to get married young.” Implicitly she confessed: I may not make it to ninety. Don’t wait until thirty to get married. 

But so many of us do wait. We wait to get married, and we wait to have children. This is not without consequences.

Holy Scripture presents the model of one generation teaching another. We are told to “train up a child” (Prov. 22:6) and that “one generation will laud [God’s] works to another” . . .

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Elizabeth Nussen is a wife and mother residing in northeast Ohio. She holds an M.A. in philosophy from Kent State University and is a part-time humanities tutor in the local homeschool community. She is a traditionalist Christian.


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