It’s late and I am dead tired. Having only gotten about 5 hours of sleep last night and a full day of setting up and planning and doing and worshipping and having encounters with Christ.
Today was an emotional rollercoaster. From the opening session with Mark Yaconelli, where I totally felt the presence of Christ to worship with Chris Tomlin, where the tears flowed again. And even during the times of affirming other Youth Workers on stage, my heart identifies so greatly and is so in step with the pain, joy, love and everything else that these people endure. Over and over in my life now I am feeling more connected, emotionally and spiritually to other people. That deep connection that only comes from loving people exactly as Christ loves them, grieving with them, sharing in the deepest rooted pain, where their life becomes my life.
It is so good just to spend time with people from friends like John and Kelsey and Brian (not pictured). To other friends like KC and Lilly and Alex and Chris and Erica.(those with links, linked in previous posts) To even seeing old friends from Whitworth College and past summer camps. How amazing it is to hear where God has brought people years down the road. How he continually interweaves our stories together to support each other and to remind us that we are not alone and we NEED each other. I can’t stress more how much this time for me is about people and conversations. Being with people and being there for people, and being able to talk through ideas with like minded people. People who get the ups and downs of youth ministry.
What a blessing this is. Total blessing…all from Christ who is Lord above.
I’ll make sure to take some more pics tomorrow and include them in the posts too. And just a heads up, there may be a few surprise “Guest Bloggers” over on the Ghetto Blog, so check back soon.