For a number of years our children have joined a group of other young people every Wednesday (during the summer months) to play games, fellowship and have a Bible study. The group is made up of "kids" ranging in age from 14 to about 24 and from an area roughly 100 square miles. They all attend different churches and most are home schooled however a few go to public school. Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and soccer are their games of choice and they generally have enough people to play all three at once. There is, of course, good natured completion, but everyone plays, no matter their skill level. Their camaraderie is evident as they pit sibling against sibling and friend against friend, not really caring who wins or loses.
These "young adults" (we don't have teenagers in our home) gather to play, but the good stuff happens after they have worn themselves ragged on ball fields. Weary, the kids settle themselves into a covered pavilion at the park, pick up instruments and begin singing praises to God. Frequently, other park goers, drawn by their exuberant singing, filter into the pavilion just to listen or even join the chorus of young voices. After many songs of joyful praise, the kids pull out their Bibles. One suggests a scripture and soon the rustle of pages is heard as one person after another reads their chosen verse and chapter out loud to the group. This is no organized bible study led by a youth pastor, but a bunch of friends that want to know what the word of God says. They read, then they talk then they question. One question leads to another and soon the pages of their bibles are rustling again as they search for answers. They seek and question - they search the Word like they are looking for gold or silver. And every week they meet again, digging deeper each time.
|Serenity's rolls rising|
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I hope that your young adults have a wonderful group of friends to encourage them and to sharpen them....
"Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."
Until next time....