Advent is about waiting. Anticipating. Expecting. Preparing. Hoping.
This sounds a lot like youth ministry to me.
We wait for youth to commit their lives to Jesus. We wait for them to arrive so we can start our youth gatherings. We wait for their parents to come pick them up at the end of our events.
We anticipate the arrival of youth at our gatherings with our eyes fixated on the door. We anticipate their confusion or their silence when we are preparing small group discussions. We anticipate their excitement when we announce the dates of retreats and rallies.
We expect the youth to behave when they are at Church. We expect that more youth will come out to social events than teaching nights. We expect that Father will ask us “So how many people came to youth ministry last night?”
We prepare prayer services, social justice excursions, and skits. We prepare snacks to serve the youth either before, during, or after the gathering. We prepare them to be able to share their testimonies with a world that so desperately needs to hear them.
We hope that we are making a difference in the youths’ lives. We hope that they make good decisions especially in the face of temptation. We hope that their homes are stable and that their friends are good.
Most of all, we love them where they are at and we lead them to an encounter with Jesus Christ.
Just as Christ entered the world to love and encounter us.
Our brand new Canucks song is a parody of the Chainsmokers’ hit “Closer”. When it comes to the Canucks, they are looking forward to putting last year’s tough season behind them and moving closer towards the playoffs.
The team will have some fresh faces up front and on the blue line, namely Loui Eriksson and Erik Gudbranson. As well, young players like Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Ben Hutton, and Jacob Markstrom are all one year older and one year better.
I’m joined by the lovely and talented Arielle Tuliao for this song. As well, my son Sean provides us with the beat.
How are you feeling heading into this school year? Excited? Nervous? Happy? Hopeful?
The return to school means something different for everyone, whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent (or some combo of all 3). This is a big year for our family, as Gail will be teaching Kayla in grade 4 and Jake is starting high school with his big brother Sean there to show him the ropes.
Would you ever choose a human pat down over an automated scan?
I did just that on my way home from Calgary…and the male screener wasn’t very impressed.
After a somewhat stressful travel experience trying to make my way back to Calgary from New Jersey (in which the airlines lost my luggage), it was nice to have a more light-hearted moment on my way home to Vancouver.
Hey teachers: have you ever taught one of your own children? Or have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach your own child?
In my new Clay’s Corner, I explore this topic with the help of two very special guests: my daughter Kayla and my Goddaughter Aria.