At school I'm a part of a ministry team that works with local churches to lead youth nights, retreats, lock-ins, et al. Our job is to basically be silly, bond with the youth, and teach them about Jesus. I like the ministry, but I always feel like there's an element missing. We work with the youth all weekend and then on Sunday night we go home. The might be-friend us on facebook or something but the relationship's pretty much over. That makes me sad.
Which is why I love going home. Even though I'm only there every few months, I get to spend time with middle and high schoolers. Sure, I have to go back to school eventually but I get to go back and forth between the two.
On Sunday, I spent the morning getting powered sugar all over the ancient, blue church pew with my middle schoolers. They're almost done with Confirmation class, looking towards high school, and have built a great friendship among them.
Their leader asked the best present they received for Christmas. One of them responded, "Jesus's forgiveness."
That was the end of that discussion question. She blew us out of the water! So powerful. So profound. So perfect. So simple.
When I got home from church, I looked at a national weather map and noticed this itty bitty snowstorm hitting half of our country... including Baptist Country. I wanted to just sit around and mope about how I probably wasn't getting back to school in the near future.
I'm so glad I didn't cancel my plans for Sunday night. Instead I went to what my church calls Home Group. Basically it's like small group where high schoolers get together in a family's house to hang out, learn about Jesus, and eat, eat, eat.
I wanted to get home and mope about my potentially cancelled flight. Instead I got lost in the most intense conversation ever. Or at least in the week.
Trevor (Who's been begging me all week to blog about this just so he can see his own name in print) asked the question: Why did God give us two of everything?
Two arms, two legs, two halves of the brain...
One stomach so we don't overindulge.
One tongue to control.
One appendix to have removed.
But two lungs, two kidneys, two eyes...
The best answer we could devise is that God likes symmetry.
Dawn, Jake, Trevor, and I continued our conversation to pondering if there are any warm-blooded animals that do not have four appendages. Mermaids.
Maybe it was a weird conversation. A "Peanut Butter Bagel" blog post. But still something to ponder.
I love being able to spend time with the same youth. I knew most of these guys from the Gathering in July. Wonder about weird things that have never crossed my mind before. Spend some time with youth and see what you come away wondering...
PS: Happy now, Trevor?