The choir was good but not that good. The preacher was inspirational but I just still couldn’t understand. To have witnessed the way Bryant broke down in the church service was not normal. His emotions were overwhelming. The flowing tears, while natural in some church settings, were not in line with the way the others in the congregation responded.

I questioned Bryant afterwards to find out what just exactly he was feeling. His response was insightful and my suspicions were correct. It wasn’t necessarily what was said or experienced in the church service that caused such a response. Instead, it was the memory of a departed loved one. The church reminded Bryant of the service in which another young person was memorialized. To Bryant, the only thing that the church functioned as was a place to bury people.

When the church has become a place of bad memories to a segment of society like youth, the church is in danger of being irrelevant.

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