ICYM Youth Group Meeting

Is your world view framed by Death or Life?

“Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers.  Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing.  Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out.”

—Randall Munroe, xkcd: volume 0

What do you fear?  Make a short list today on your phone or on a scrap of paper.  Consider carefully what is keeping you from the life God offers.  Pray, using the list, for God’s help; then delete or burn the note.  Remember that Christ came that we might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

Stunned by the morning

The night of defeat is long and still and unbearable.

We know the nights.

And our sisters and brothers

who are cold,

and hungry,

and brutalized know them better than do we.

And you also know the night in Ashdod and in a trillion other times.

How is it with you in the night we do no know.

Perhaps it is like it is with us.

We, with the Philistines, are stunned by the morning,

stunned to find our pet projects toppled,

stunned to find our favorite gods failed,

stunned to find our managed hopes defeated.

Then you in the morning.

You only.

You in splendor.

You in glory.

You in power.

This day we dazzle at your glory in the midst of our long night.

Move in your glory this day in the midst of our many nights.

Bring us to your day.

To your new day.

Your third day.  Amen.

—Walter Brueggemann, March 2, 2000, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth