our first canadian youth workers conference is over. wow. clearly, we were supposed to do this thing. what a blessing on honor to be a part of this thing.
sunday was a great day, overall. i did my “rant from a runt about the american church” at an early time (filling in for a cancelled seminar of a speaker who couldn’t make it), and people actually showed up (geez, i wouldn’t have shown at up that time if i wasn’t teaching the seminar!). the morning general session had some ups and downs. the music was wonderful: a beautiful local female singer/songwriter named anna vandas, backed by a cool jazzy band. great stuff for a chill morning. then matt maher lead worship. matt is quickly becoming one of my favorite worship leaders. his worship leadership helps me focus on god, not on him. and he’s just one of the nicest guys on earth, which doesn’t hurt. the speaker this morning was a bit rough for me; but, hey, we want to have diversity, baby. ‘nuf said on that.
i took a nap this afternoon and was so deeply out when the alarm sounded, it might as well have been the middle of the night.
the late afternoon/evening closing session went really well; what a great spirit there has been at this event. an amazing australian musician named nathan tasker did an acoustic set and was just fantastic. we need to get this guy at our events in the states. then matt lead worship again. the highlight for me was, after we had people participate in a response time, matt lead one more song. it was a song he had just written backstage — one he told me just came to him all at once, like a prayer. it totally tied in with our storyline theme, and talked about god’s character and god writing that on our hearts. it was stunning, and i got a bit weepy, really, singing these beautiful lyrics and knowing they were a gift from god for this particular time and event.
my closing talk was well-received, and all the media worked. yeah!
most people are heading home as i write this. a few of us are going out for dinner to celebrate, debrief and unwind. then i fly home tomorrow (monday) morning — which will be great. can’t wait to see the kids and jeannie. max got a wii for his birthday and christmas from the friends who are living at our house right now; so i’m sure we’ll be swinging wii paddles together tomorrow evening (an exception, as he’s normally not allowed “screens” during the school week).