Saturday, July 14, 2007

Coming Home

It's the last night here at Montreat. The kiddos are staying up late, playing card games, writing notes to our senior, enjoying one another's company... I'm all snuggled in bed, seeing as how I'm one of the drivers tomorrow.

It has been a truly blessed week. The worship has been phenomenal - many of us wept more than once during services. I'm coming away with a lot of things but one thing that's ringing in my head right now is something we heard in tonight's sermon. We are the ones we have been waiting for. It began as a Hopi saying and was most recently the title of a book by Alice Walker... what a great thought. It's not someone else who will bring the changes we long for, who will guide us to God's righteousness... it's us. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the ones who are called to live for and through God. Not other people. Us.

I know our youth have really been touched this week - I've seen the Spirit moving among and within them. I am so proud and honored to have spent this week with this bunch. Our church is so blessed and I don't think we can say that enough.


Stushie said...

Our kids from Erin are also having a great time here. We always go back recharged and wanting to change the world, but come September, all we're doing is beginning to raise money for the next trip.

Any suggestions about sustaining the spiritual experieince?

Amy said...

One of the things we did last year which seemed to work really well is take a general "theme" we picked up from the conference - last year it was "the gift of wonder" - and incoporate it in our life together. We'd ask each other about the things in our week which had made us wonder, we'd encourage one another to look at the world through a child's eyes. All of this culminated in our youth sunday where 5 of our kids gave messages, all about wonder.

Amazingly powerful.

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