For the past couple of weeks, ASYM has been discovering the extent of love we receive, solely by the nature of our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ- how reassuring and empowering it is to realize you are unfailingly loved.
Last week, we went through the Ash Wednesday liturgy and asked ourselves: as a Christian, what is expected of me? As Jesus taught us, being beloved by God means we are commanded to love others in the same way. Last night, we dived into the purpose of Paul's letters to the early church. He was really giving us specific guidelines about how we love each other- in our actions and encouragements, prayers and praise, our faith isn't defined by family, tribe or class but by how we love each other.
Having discussed the value of a community that serves and encourages each other, I gave the youth family a challenging task last night. They broke up into groups, with student leaders, based on types of projects and prepared presentations for each other, designed to excite and inspire our community. I was so impressed by the commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity shown by ALL of our members. I've put up the posters outside the Youth Office just to show off!
As I start to get around to writing Sunday Night recap posts, I am reminded how blessed I am to be in this position. Every time we meet, I'm reminded what each kid brings that's unique and vital and beautiful to this community. You should all be so proud, and feel so blessed, by what we accomplish when we meet together.
Counting the days until I see you all again! -Marah
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." -Hebrews 10: 24-25