The Rev. Bronwyn Corlett reflects on being the facilitator at London Conference’s Youth Forum 2015. When I am at a crossroads and don’t know what choice to make, especially when I don’t want to move forward, I often think of Peter and the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1–9). Peter so wants to get it right, so when he sees Jesus transfigured and speaking with Moses and Elijah, he assumes this is a moment to be memorialized. Suddenly God says, “This is my son whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.” When Jesus speaks, he says, “Get up. Don’t be afraid.” Jesus then goes back down the mountain with the disciples, enters Jerusalem under palms, flips over tables, eats a meal with his disciples, has doubts in a garden, is crucified, and rises! If Peter had stayed on the mountaintop building his memorial, he would have missed so much! It was my honour to join the London Conference, affectionately known as “LoCo,” Youth Forum 2015 and explore with them the theme of the crossroads. Youth and young adults face an overwhelming number of crossroads, and it can be daunting to realize crossroads just keep coming as an adult. Remember: “Get up. Don’t be afraid,” for you are not alone. We are thankful for our gifts for Mission & Service, which help support Conference ministries, including programs for youth and young adults. Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.
Loving God, we are called to be your colours in the world, to walk with each other, to share in love through our gifts for Mission & Service. Guide us to shine brightly in the world. Amen.