This Changes Everything!
What an awesome experience I had the pleasure of sharing with 14 other Hope LutheranChurch youth, chaperones, and staff in Houston, Texas. The ELCA National Youth Gathering didn’t disappoint! Along with 31,000 brothers and sisters in Christ, the Lutherans took over the city. What a gathering we had for God!
The National Youth Gathering comes around every three years. So, imagine what planning it must take to pull off such a massive event. Housing, transportation, venues, speakers, bands, service sites, volunteers, along with a thousand other nameless details and tasks go into making this event so special. Hence, the three years between events. But what makes the NYG worthwhile is witnessing all those young people, at one place and time, offering their thanks and praise to God. The SPIRIT of GOD is truly alive and working among these young disciples.
All youth desire to become someone, aspire to belong somewhere and want to do something that changes the world. Which is why God’s GRACE, was front and center
in our time together. GRACE is a foundational and distinctive piece of the Lutheran faith. This gift, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize they are enough because of what Christ has done. As people of God, we are the church, each person not perfect or complete, but each person belonging to the other through baptism and each person has a significant role to play in God’s world. God loves us just as we are, and that by grace, through faith, we have been saved. As one person writes, ‘When young people (or really any age person!) truly claims this reality, it indeed changes everything.’
God’s Call, God’s Love, God’s Grace, God’s Hope, and Jesus changes everything! May God continue to change YOU every day into knowing, believing, and trusting that YOU are loved, valued, and needed in God’s Kingdom. To all of Hope’s young disciples currently entering 8th grade be ready for the next NYG June 29th-July 3rd, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Be READY because This Changes Everything!
~Pastor Ron Brown