Jordan, Rachel and I headed on our road trip to Sault Ste. Marie early Thursday morning. It was wonderful to reconnect with the two of them, to share stories of the happenings in our life, and build excitement for the weekend to come. The trip was a good 7 hour ride, however with the music, conversation and friendship it didn't seem that long at all.
When we arrived we were greeted by great friends and instantly there was community. As a YAT (Young Adult in Transition) its often hard to feel connected when life for all is crazy. With school, work, family and other commitments our group doesn't get together as often as we would like. YATS at conference is the one time a year where we meet. Its wonderful to be together with those on similar journeys, sharing similar emotions, and all wanting to be together.
It's also a time where we reflect back on our time at Youth at Conference and our times at Youth Forum. We all agree that during our years as youth our roots were formed which allows us to come back as young adults and continue to grow and blossom. It's funny how as a community we can separate for a year, and come back together as if we saw each other yesterday. We are a family. We have grown together. We have learned together. We are one together.
And it's also pretty awesome to watch the Youth create that same community...just a generation below.
As the weekend continued to unfold the power of the Holy Spirit continued to stir. As a Conference we celebrated ministry and those that embark on their journey of ordained ministry. Mel Kirk, a young adult just a couple years older than myself celebrated her ordination. It was such a joy to be part of the celebration and as I watched her confirm her faith, and receive the blessings from the conference, I couldn't help but get teary knowing her dream came true. Congratulations Melanie!!
During our table time Maya invited us to reflect and share on the question "Who am I?". We began this time in silence, were then asked the question, and then invited to discuss in our table groups. Let's say my heart was full. It's not often that I feel overwhelmed at a question, nor someones response- but I was speechless. God had be moved in mysterious, empowering ways. I was soaring to new heights.
By the time the talking stone came to myself I was in awe and not sure what to say. Who am I? Yes I am a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, grand-daughter, student, friend, child care provider, believer, and seeker, but I question what that really means? What do all theses roles entail? Do those roles define who I am?
Through engaging and crowing title of theses individual roles, I am telling the world who I am. I am sharing with others that I have theses qualities, gifts and skills. I engage in certain activities, am passionate about certain beliefs, and rather then having the roles define who I am, I am defining the roles.
I leave you with the four words of conference: listen...speak...wonder...pray. I invite you to keep those words in the back of your mind as you go about living your every day life. Maybe you will find more joy in the things around you, and as my blog entails you too will celebrate the beauty of life