For the last couple years with Thrive, the Christian fellowship club at school, I've gone to the last three annual Fall Retreats. The way it works is, we go to Highland Park on a certain Friday evening, and it lasts till Sunday at noon. Not everyone stays the whole weekend but a lot of us do. I just happen to be one of them. Nights are pretty tough sometimes, but it's always worth it in my opinion.
I've never done an entry on the
retreats before (mainly 'cause there's so much stuff to talk about that it's
hard to pin down), but I figure maybe it's time I did.
Friday, October 16th
made sure I got to the park early, so I'd have plenty of time to run
into the guys' cabin and put my stuff down in a small bunk room. I
always thought 'The less roommates the better' because then I had less
chance of being kept awake by guys' snoring. Still, either way I had
little spongy earplugs and my iPod.
I signed in at a table that had been set
up outside, at the big church-like pavilion, and saw that there were
also big pretzels and hot chocolate mix being served there. Plus, more people were coming,
one by one, in pairs, groups, and it just kept going for
(I rarely checked the time on my phone at all over this weekend, for maybe-obvious reasons. It felt better to just live in the moment with these people)
A nice cup of hot cocoa felt really good,
especially after having grown fond of it over watching Once Upon a Time
every week (it's a reference to the show, my sister and I do it all the
time). But of course it didn't fill my stomach all the way, and I'd
been dumb enough not to eat before leaving home. So I went back into the
cabin and filled a couple of Pita pockets, that I'd stuffed in my
backpack, with peanut butter. After eating a couple of those, my stomachache felt much better.
I stayed in my seat for that, but it was interesting seeing someone my age do it.
delved into important aspects like "repent, trust, confess, believe,"
"Eternity in heaven, restored to God" and others. He put emphasis on
knowing your audience, and gave us some good verses that you can really
delve into the story with (like Romans 10:9, John 3:16, Romans 3:23-24
and a few others).