|Exploring the Slot Canyons :)|
Last weekend, I traveled to Camp Lutherwood with the youth group. I was one of the leaders for the conformation retreat. Lutherwood is a beautiful camp located in between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Typically, Kira loves joining me as a leader on these trips. However, we have a baby now, and at first, that raised too many questions… How would the baby handle camping? Would he scream the whole time? Would he get too cold at night? Would he ruin the experience for the kids? There was a lot to worry about, but at the last minute, we decided to give it a try. It turned out to be an amazing trip! There were mountains, canyons, long smelly car rides, and so much more! Besides, when else were we going to have the chance to change a diaper at the bottom of a slot canyon? (Imagine an exceptionally dirty diaper, a kicking and screaming child, and sand and rocks flying everywhere…) It did take a little extra effort, but the kids were really the ones who made the trip incredible. We really had 20 babysitters who were ready to help whenever we needed it. The trip was rejuvenating for me, and I hope it was just as life giving for the kids. It’s always powerful to watch a group of young people become united for God and for one another!
The conformation retreat was a great time for the kids to come together. It was also a time for the kids to see God in new and exciting ways. This week at Community we are starting a new sermon series on Prayer. On the conformation retreat, I saw God answering prayers in so many surprising ways. Today, I hope we can open our hearts and minds to listen for God. There are new opportunities available to each one of us… if we just take the time to listen.