Kiley and I, (Karen), will be sharing with you what we are doing at the Montreat Youth Conference (MYC) this week.  I always find it interesting and I am amazed at our youth and what they offer – wisdom, faith, adventure, laughter and oh yes, sometimes the shaking of my head.  We began our trip very early Sunday morning.  Trip Advisor says it takes about 10 ½ hours but that has never be true for us.  The good thing is that we made it safely under the expert driving of Mart Thurmond.  Sunday night we gathered in Anderson Auditorium with 650 youth and adults to engage in energizers, singing and being introduced to this year’s theme “Called to Connect”.  The Keynote this morning began “fleshing” out the theme.  Julianne and Brad (the keynoters for this week) used the Creation stories found in Genesis to talk about how we have things in common — how we are interconnected and specifically in three ways.  We all have the same creator. We all are created in the image of God and we are all created with the need to be in relationships, in community.  It was pointed out that the first time in the creation story that God said something was not good was when God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone”.  As I listened this morning, I was reminded that one of the things that makes MYC so special is the small group experience that our youth will have this week.  They will meet other youth from around the country, sharing ideas, thoughts, their faith and their doubts. Being in community is foundational to who we are as children of God.

Scripture Reading    Genesis 1:1-4a
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good;

Reflection Questions:

  1.  Why do you think God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone?”
  2. What relationships have help you to grow in your faith?
  3. What do you hope for our youth to experience this week at Montreat?

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for this day and the opportunities that will come my way.  Help me learn what it means to be connected with others.  Amen.