a meditation for youth workers: COMMUNITY

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. here’s the seventh (final) one:


when two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it,
my father in heaven goes into action.
and when two or three of you are together because of me,
you can be sure that I’ll be there.

Matthew 18:19

As much as we need to be alone, we need each other. As Bonhoeffer says,
“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community.”
“Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.”

Hang out with people who are important to you today. Find the people who bring you life, the ones who remind you of the things you want to be reminded of.

Call one person who has meant something to you and catch up.

Look around you and notice the people in your life whom you are thankful for.
Think of something fun to do with other people.
Think about the community in your youth ministry.
Think about who brings you life there.
Think about ways you can connect with that person.

We need each other.

(photo by tash mcgill)

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