Today we'll connect with the MYF (Mennonite Youth Fellowship of 9th-12th Graders) lesson from Sunday. Currently the MYF are going through a four week series called "Body and Soul" about sexuality, intimacy and relationships. This week's conversation included wondering how difficult conversations about sex and relationships can be between parents and their children. Can parents always be a safe place for their children, even while they care so deeply for their children? Can the church always be a safe place for children to explore their faith and world view, even while it cares so deeply about their spiritual journey?
This Advent, what does it mean to care deeply and create safe places? Does the act of caring challenge how open and safe we are as a conversation partner/community? For Mary and Elizabeth, who would have been safe people to share their stories with? When a woman, and a couple, are pregnant, who can they turn to? In the gospels, Elizabeth is a safe person for Mary. However, in their day to day relationship, I wonder how open and safe Joseph was during the pregnancy. I wonder, in the waiting, where Mary got her strength and support...
We wait for Christ as we wait for safe relationships.
We wait for Christ as we wait for open conversations.
We wait for Christ as we wait for deep relationships we can trust.
We wait for Christ as we wait for places to explore our future.
We wait for Christ as we carry the unborn.
We wait for Christ as we love the unborn.
We wait for Christ as we care for fathers and mothers to-be.
We wait for Christ as we prepare for the coming child.
We wait for Christ as we wait for____.
We wait for Christ.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.