Young adults have it rough. Working is hard. Some of us have to be apart from our family for 5-6days a week, some even 1-2 weeks, months, a year or 2. We are supposed to be independent – live on our own. Some of us are the bread winners of the family, and that’s a lot of pressure. We have parents to provide for. We pay for a sibling, relative, or godchild’s education. Earning money is really hard. We make sacrifices to earn and save up more money to be able to give more to our family and save up for our future. But no matter how much we earn and save, it seems like it’s never enough.
Everything is so tiring and stressful. So we find ways to make it all bearable through parties, drinking, hang out with friends. We buy ourselves gadgets, expensive clothes, equipment but none of those could fill the emptiness that we have. None of it could give us true happiness, until that one summer…
Singles Encounter Weekend they call it. A 3-day retreat. At first we thought what have we gotten ourselves into. Sitting there with 23 strangers, with facis teaching you about community and God, a bunch of strangers trying to make you dance when clearly you don’t dance – it’s all very daunting. But on the third day, everything has changed. Now you thought, “why didn’t I know of this sooner? I should have attended this a long time ago.” Those 23 other people have suddenly become some of your closest and trusted friends in just 3-days. Those facis were a lot of fun and you even thought of becoming one someday. Those bunch of people trying to make you dance would become your buddies and besties. And never would you have imagined that you would be the one trying to make a complete stranger dance year later. It was the best weekend you’ve had in years.
And a few months later, this Life in the Spirit Seminar – wow. On that night of the Baptism, as you lay there on the floor, you never thought you could ever be this peaceful. You feel so warm despite the coldness of the floor and the room. Some of you cried so hard that time but it wasn’t because you were sad. It’s because everything was so overwhelming – you never thought that someone could love you despite your flaws and imperfections. You cried because you were so happy to feel this loved, and finally you’ve found that one thing, a person rather, that would make you forever happy.
Right now Lord, I’m so thankful for it wasn’t for You, I wouldn’t be here right now, in this place, having the privilege to serve you, to worship You, to bask in Your greatness and glory. I was once lost but now I’m found. I was blind but now I see. I was weak but You’ve given me strength. I was broken but You’ve made me whole. I was unhappy and now have found eternal joy in You. You have done so much for me and all I could offer to You right know is this simple song. I will forever sing of Your love for me. I will forever sing of how much I love You. And nothing, nothing in this world could ever take that away. No height, no depth, neither life nor death could ever separate me from You. I’ll give my life for You Lord for all the things You’ve done for me.