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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"For Such A Time As This"

I spent this past week at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium in Indiana. Suffice it to say, it was an amazing week. I spent the whole week visiting with friends I had not seen in years, making new friends who I hope to keep in touch with, spending time in awesome worship services, singing great songs and leading a small group full of kids who were eager to learn and seemed excited to be there.
The week's theme was "For Such a Time As This" and each of the sermons and drama team presentations and such dealt with that theme. The Bible story for the week was taken from the book of Esther, a woman who stood up for her people even though it could have potentially cost her her life and her title as queen. I thought it was a very good theme to pick and found it to be particularly relevant to me and the journey I am about to venture on. The majority of the sermons really struck me as they dealt with how important it is to speak up in the face of injustice. No matter what, we must always be willing to speak out for those who are being wronged and we must be willing to speak out against injustice. This is what I believe is at the heart of the YAV program. The program is all about working to correct injustice and being willing to be the person fighting against it. It's not always easy and it often requires great sacrifice but it's always worth it in the end.
Being at Triennium made me really hopeful for the future. Not just my future but also the future of the Presbyterian Church. Seeing all these youth and young adults being told that they need to stand up against injustice and prejudice and more than that, seeing them be so willing to do so was really inspiring. It made me really proud to be a part of the Body of Christ. Christians so often get a bad rap and deservedly so in most cases, yet we can and often do do a lot of good in this world. The YAV Program is proof of that. The 60-70 of us that are about to embark on this new journey represent the good side of Christianity. We are the ones who are willing to give up a year of our lives for the greater good and show others that Christians can be loving, generous people. Triennium made me so proud to be participating in the program knowing that I will directly be having an influence in ending injustice and spreading the love of Jesus to people who may have never had somebody tell them that they are loved. It's actually quite inspiring and gives me chills just thinking about it.
I think that's all I have to say for now. As I get closer and closer to moving, I find that my to do list keeps getting longer while my days get shorter and shorter. So much to do, so little time!! Isn't that always how it is, though?? I shall close this off now. Thanks for reading this and make sure to leave a comment. I do sincerely appreciate everybody's support of me and hope you are enjoying reading this as much as I am enjoying writing it. Remember, Jesus loves you (as do I)!!

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