Biblical Theme for the Day:  Teach me the way I should GO – Psalm 32

Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—
    you get a fresh start,
    your slate’s wiped clean.

Count yourself lucky—
    God holds nothing against you
    and you’re holding nothing back from him.

When I kept it all inside,
    my bones turned to powder,
    my words became daylong groans.

The pressure never let up;
    all the juices of my life dried up.

Then I let it all out;
    I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”

Suddenly the pressure was gone—
    my guilt dissolved,
    my sin disappeared.

These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
    when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
    we’ll be on high ground, untouched.

God’s my island hideaway,
    keeps danger far from the shore,
    throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.

Let me give you some good advice;
    I’m looking you in the eye
    and giving it to you straight:

“Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule
    that needs bit and bridle
    to stay on track.”

God-defiers are always in trouble;
    God-affirmers find themselves loved
    every time they turn around.

Celebrate God.
    Sing together—everyone!
    All you honest hearts, raise the roof!

From Maxine Quaye:  

So today we talked about embarrassing things that have happened to us or that we’ve done. I personally couldn’t think of anything but I got to hear those of the people in my small group. It was really insightful because a lot of questions were brought up that I’d never thought of before. Then later at worship, our preacher definitely changed the way we thought of a lot of things. We are all God’s children and he never gives up on us or leaves us to fend for ourselves. Today’s worship service definitely had me thinking about a lot of things that I have going on in my life. It was a bittersweet moment, but one I needed to have.

From Caitlin Synder:  

Today’s theme was: Teach Me the Way to Go. The bible reading they chose as the core of the lessons today was Psalms 32, which is assumed to be written by King David during his trying times. The first times I read and heard the verses, I believed that it mainly pertained to the forgiveness of all sins. Then, I believed that they pertained more to God teaching us. Come Worship, I discovered that it was not one nor the other, but both.
God is FUN. Forgiving, Understanding and Never Busy. Forgiving: God forgives all our sins because he is a merciful good. Understanding: God alone understands us the best because he created us in his image. Never Busy: God is never too busy for us. He’s always listening. It is up to us, however, whether we let him be FUN.
Everyone at some point has had times where we withdraw from God and try to go through trials alone. However, God wants to teach us. He wants us to listen, to love us, and follow his direction. It is our decision to choose to listen or simply turn our backs and allow ourselves to believe we are struggling alone.
God invites us to listen and learn. To follow his lead through difficult times. He is also present im the good times, in every aspect of our lives. God is there always, willing to guide and teach us. It is our responsibility and ours alone to accept this. Through this, we accept God.

 

IMG_6075We are honored to have a team of bloggers from Triennium sharing their experience with us each day this week.  Every day we will have a new team of youth, college students and adult advisors who will blog/vlog and share image content to share the story from the 2016 Youth Triennium.  Today’s team is: Jerry McKinney (Advisor, Granville),  Akap Takor (Youth, First/Albany), Maxine Quaye (Youth, Westminster/Albany), Annatasha Tay (Youth, Westminster/Albany), Caitlin Synder (Youth, Broadalbin)

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