This is our last night together. Our group has bonded very well this week. We have laughed together, sang songs of worship, served the homeless in shelters and out on the street directly. We have cried together, shared stories of our encounters with people in need. We have been silly together and have genuinely been shown kindness from several people along the way.
When you make a commitment to step away from your daily grind and focus only on where you are and what you can do to help others it gives you an opportunity to learn so much about yourself and what gifts God has given to you. This Mission trip experience is unique and wonderful and the best way to honor what we have done together is to make the next commitment to use what we have learned in our home community.
This is one of the biggest challenges of faith and one of the many reasons I started this blog in the first place.
The youth in our church are so amazing. They are so much better than me and my friends were at that age. They are kind, generous, enthusiastic and totally filled with the Holy Spirit. I am so impressed with their ability to step up to challenges of faith. I hope we all take this time together and truly change the way we live our lives when we return. It is too easy to slip back into our old habits and fill our schedules with busy time and forget we need to leave time for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.
Heavenly Father, I pray that you lift up this week we have had together as a reminder to us that we need to continue what you have shown us. I ask that you give us the courage to make a change in how we live our lives. Lord, thank you for the blessings you have placed in us and around us, please guide us to the next challenge of our faith and strengthen us to do your will…I pray all of this in Jesus name, Amen.