Expiration Dates

Last night I gave a retreat on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to 78 eighth graders and their parents.  What at treat for me!  These teens are so serious about their faith…  I have been working with children for a very long time and each year the group has a different ‘personality’.  This particular group is commited and throughout this year I have seen and read so many inspiring tidbits.  I know, without a doubt, that the Holy Spirit is at work here and I am quite confident that they will continue to “go and make disciples of all nations….”

I asked the students to to write one sentence about their faith – I can’t wait to read them all today, but as I was packing up last night, I glanced at the sheet on top.  Here is what it read:

“My faith has no expiration date”

Wow, wow, wow – no wonder Jesus proclaimed that the ‘kingdom of God belongs to these….’

Wow, wow, wow….

Has it really been this long? You’ve heard it all before….hours turn into days, days into weeks, etc. etc.

It’s been a whirlwind..both good and not so good, ah, the ups and downs of life.

So much of my time, efforts and energy goes into working with kids. Our kids, our hurting, lonely, searching, scarred and scared kids…just what are we doing to them?

Turn on the TV, check out the iphones, facebooks and twitters… The toys get bigger and better and the kids get more and more lost and lonely. It’s so sad….

I ask them to write – actually type answers, reflections and thoughts. They really open up because they are typing on a computer and not sitting face to face. It doesn’t take an advanced degree in psych. to hear what they are crying out for.

Please pray with me for these kids….

We’re counting on them….let’s help them actually DO what we thought we were going to do way back when in our college days….

There is something beyond the shrugs of the shoulders, the rolls of the eyes, the glazed expressions…look inside….that’s where God lives….in them….in us.