BUT...we had an actual mountain top experience, so I thought that this might be more important of all the things I could share from my week. First, let me say that one of the blessings of my life is that the young men and women that I get to work with in our youth group were just little children when I first met them. The kids who went on this trip together range in age from 14 to 18, which means that when I first met them and became their pastor some of them were still in preschool.
The very best part about working in the church with teenagers, is that you can accompany them through very interesting and sometimes liminal moments in their life. You can see how they draw upon their faith in times of crisis and how when they are actually on their own to make decisions on how they will "be" in the world, they draw upon the lessons taught to them by their parents, the community and the Bible.
The members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. 1 Corinthians 12:22-26 .
This is what it means to be the Body of Christ, and I am so thankful that I had the chance to witness their care for each other, and to know that though they may not be able to name all of the books of the Bible, that they may grumble when it comes time to volunteer to lead the group in prayer, that their enthusiasms are more frequently for earthly than heavenly things, when the moment calls for it, they know how to live out the Gospel.