Our Youth: Growing in God

By Sarah and Becky Humphrey of Independence, Missouri, USA

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.  James 4:8

Sarah writes:

Where I feel God the most is at Planet Rock. This is a youth group sponsored by the Walnut Gardens Congregation of Community of Christ.

Planet Rock has helped me to meet new people and connect with God.

Whenever I am there we pray, and I can feel God. It helps me get to know God better. The prayers that people share are inspiring to me because I can feel God’s Spirit even closer. We all feel God in different ways, and Planet Rock is where I can feel God near.

Becky writes:

Last summer I had the opportunity to go on the church history caravan. When we were closest to one another and God was when we were on the bus, sharing our beliefs and becoming friends. It was during the long and exhausting hours of driving that we all grew in God. In work and play, God is there for us to know.

Prayer for Peace:

Close and loving God, we would grow even closer to you. Thank you for all the experiences that make it possible. Thank you for the activities of our community, which values us and engages us in ways that bring us together. Thank you for providing avenues of peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Honoring the Worth of All Persons

Each day this week read Psalm 139:13–18. After each reading sit quietly and let the deep meaning of the words sink into your mind, heart, and body. Imagine God watching you grow in your mother’s womb. What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a)?

Sense the intimate knowledge God has of you and every child ever born. Ask God for an awareness of the sacred worth of each person on the planet. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How are you being invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant:

God, I will support the programs of the community that engage our youth in positive ways.

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