Lately I have been thinking a lot about what it means to go on a journey. The year of youTheology that young people commit to is certainly a journey of sorts. The mentors travel with them. At the end of the year, the journey culminates with a different sort of journey, a pilgrimage to understand our collective history as a Pan-Methodist tradition. The experience of youTheology is a journey for all of us...youth, youth workers, mentors and the staff are all on a journey and we hope and pray that God will lead us to the grace and love that is shown in Jesus Christ.
I will travel out of the United States for the first time in my life in just 12 short hours. I just turned in the first huge amount of paperwork that is required for the journey to ordination in the United Methodist denomination. Do you see why I might be thinking about what it means to be on a journey?
And we just celebrated the day of Epiphany in the Christian year where we recognize that the wise persons were on a journey to find Jesus Christ. The star led the way for them. But I think it's interesting that for the journey home, the biblical story does not mention the star reappearing in the sky to lead them home. I wonder what occurred so that they would not need the star to appear anymore?
Something changed for them on the journey... This year it is my prayer that something changes for you on your journey, no matter where you might end up. Blessings.
By Emily Carroll
youTheology Mentor Coordinator
Loving God, Loving Neighbor