Thursday, 25 August 2016

Stories and journeys

Once again I had the privilege of leading the Pastoral Team at the Church of Scotland's National Youth Assembly. And, yet again, I've been blown away by the stories and journeys these young adults shared.
I've also been energised, encouraged and strengthened by their enthusiasm and passion.
This year we tackled some weighty topics - Gender Injustice, Mental Health and the Future of Ministries. 
Discussions and debates were filled with knowledge and experience and comducted with compassion and energy, inexhaustible energy. After long days, discussions and support carried on well into the night - and then, the next morning, after just a few hours rest, delegates were ready to do it all again - which is more than can be said for staff, although, somehow, the energy and enthusiasm of the young people was contagious - thankfully.
Today, I have an image in my mind of these young people back in their on contexts. Some will be missing the companionship. Some will be sharing the experience. Some will be viewing the church from a different perspective than before. Some will be discerning "What next" for their journey with God. All have been part of the story of NYA and now go to continue that story and to continue the unpredictable journey of faith. My prayer for each of them is that their journey has been enhanced by the experience of travelling together and that their stories are the richer for having shared the road of NYA.

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