They gathered, 70 or so youth and leaders, to spend 24 hours together in fellowship, fun and faith. They talked a lot about prayer and what it means to be praying people. They learned about positions of prayer and ways to remember what to pray for. They created a web of prayers in yarn tossed back and forth around the circle; every prayer was important and each person was held and supported by their fellow pray-ers, especially when their energy was weakened and their pain was too big to bear. The sacred circle held layers upon layers of prayers, some whispered, some spoken, some giggled, some tear-soaked, but all holy and all acceptable in the sight of God and each other.
They came from many cities. They came with many stories. And from wherever they came and whatever stories came with them, they brought love, enough to give and receive, to give without judgment and receive without conditions.
And God saw those children and heard those prayers, and God said, “Cool!” And God whispered to those children, “Go out. Show others how it’s done.” And those youth listened and they acted, not just with words but with actions, too. (continued tomorrow)
Abide with us, Lord. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Show us how to love. Amen. — HS