many years ago, i decided the staff of youth specialties were super tired. we were about to head into a busy season, and we were all running on fumes.
sounds a little like coming off a busy youth ministry summer and jumping into a new school year, right?
we decided to give everyone a 7-day weekend, a mini-sabbatical. our amazing spiritual director beth slevcove wrote some beautiful meditations for those days, and i’ve just rediscovered them. i’m going to share them in a series here on my blog, and hope you’ll take ten minutes to rest and soak in god’s love for you as you read them (when you see them posted).
but let’s start with this. steve case, a veteran youth worker and author for both youth specialties and the youth cartel, wrote this beautiful prayer of blessing for our staff. but as i read it again, i would love you, youth worker, to receive this as a blessing on your head:
Your servants are tired.
They have walked across a desert for you and now they stand
Take a balloon, God, one of those big ones with all the colors, and hook it up to some heavenly spicket. Let them stand together and rest. Let them know its okay to stop
Let them stand and wait as the balloon swells with your sweet water.
Let them take this moment and close their eyes and tilt their heads back and outstretch their arms.
When the water bursts let it pour down
not in a drizzle
not in a sprinkle
not in a sponge down
not even in a pouring
let it be a deluge
let it be a drenching of your love and presence
May they stand in the center of a waterfall obscured by pour God sized buckets of sweet renovating water.
let them stand firm and feel the washing away of the stress
let every speck of collected dust be wash away
Leave them standing refreshed and ready for what is to come.
Let them shake water from their hair
And feel sweet relief