I had not cried this week…
Until this morning.
As I was dropping our children off at school,
One Day by Matisyahu came up on shuffle on the playlist to which we were listening. They headed off for their school day and I drove home with tears rolling down my cheeks. Here is the music video:
Memories of Family Time
I first heard the song several years ago when our family was visiting the
Denver Museum of Nature & Science. and we watched Dream Big: Engineering our World. Here’s the trailer for that film:
The song evoked for me memories of time with our children, wanting the best for them in the future, echoes of grief from my Dad’s death, and a deep desire for peace – especially in light of the ferocious conflict at General Conference.
When the tears came I was first surprised, then grateful. They were cleansing, almost refreshing, and helped restore some places of my soul that I had not been aware were stuck.
One day this all will change
Treat people the same Stop with the violence Down with the hate One day we’ll all be free And proud to be Under the same sun Singing songs of freedom like
Gotta hold on
Livin life day by day Gotta hold on Put your focus on that one day
All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for For the people to say That we don’t wanna fight no more They’ll be no more wars And our children will play One day (one day), One day (one day) One day (one day), One day (one day) One day (one day), One day (one day) From One Day by Matisyahu
young adult clergy booth at the Kansas West Annual Conference, participants were invited to add a post it note sharing dreams for The United Methodist Church. The responses were (in no particular order):
to no longer support abortion
All means All..
Love God. Love people.
To respect & value young clergy
AC is all Twitter
1. Prisons close for lack of business; 2. Ignite your ministry where the flame meets the cross; 3. Put your faith to work where the flame meets the cross.
Wow we have met our church budget and it’s only
July Our whole church invites our whole town to VBS
Economic and Environmental Justice; The church as a prophetic voice.
That we would dream
Transformation of the world through Jesus Christ
Recruit young people!
Last week, I was part of the Kansas West Annual Conference. It was a great conference. I tried a new thing and reserved a booth for young clergy. This had several positive outcomes, including:
Gathered a (perhaps) comprehensive list of young adult clergy within the annual conference
Increased awareness of young adults in ministry in the conference
Created space to share words of wisdom about ministry
Created space to share dreams for the denomination
Shared information about
40 Days of Prayer and Exploration 2009
I felt that it was a significant step in encouraging young people in ministry within Kansas West.
Jeff Slater for the photos!