“Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30
What does rest look like to you? How is rest a form of resistance? If we take time to rest our minds, our bodies, our souls, can we see God more clearly? These are the questions we will be considering on our youth retreat this weekend. We’ll be at Slumber Falls Camp, just off the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels. Activities will include lectio divina, meditation stations, cookie decorating, worship, games and, of course, some time sitting by the river. Personally, I am so excited about the return of our spring youth retreat (we haven’t had one since 2019), I can barely stand it. I love this time with our youth; watching them spend time together laughing and learning fills my soul in ways I don’t know how to explain. As we explore what rest looks like, and where we see God in our world, we will also be building on friendships established in this church that value welcome and inclusivity.
The retreat is not our last youth event of the school year though! On May 7th we’ll celebrate our high school seniors and any college students graduating this year during our Graduate Sunday service. Our high school youth will lead worship, and we’ll offer a blessing over all of our graduates. Please be sure to join us on May 7th and help us honor our students reaching such an important milestone in their education.
May your weekend be filled with rest and may you find your burdens lightened.
Pastor of Pastoral Care & Youth Ministries