Well I had a really good time back home for Ann's wedding. If it was somewhat chaotic before and after, it was a great ceremony and a good reception. It was also fun spending some time with Uncle Mike and Barbara. I always enjoy going home. I know people who don't and I feel sorry for them to that extent.
Last night with the youth group we had a time called "Pizza and Gab." As you may have guessed this is where we order some pizza and then talk about stuff. More specifically we ask the students to submit questions and then discuss them in a quasi-talk show kind of format where the leaders are the "experts". We let the students discuss the questions as a large group and the leaders will pitch in when it seems helpful. It can be a very fun time but can also raise some tough questions. The students are in 6th-8th grade and often ask questions about family relationships and dating as well as more theologically oriented questions like, "What do I do when I'm talking to a friend about faith and something doesn't make sense and I don't know how to answer," or "Which came first the chicken or the egg? (chicken, easy)". Because our youth pastor was sick, I got to MC the whole thing. That's tough. I'd much rather just be one of the experts.
Finally, the new verse for the day:
"Their heart was not steadfast toward him.
They were not faithful to his covenant.
Yet, he being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity
and did not destroy them.
He restrained his anger often
and did not stir up all his wrath.
He remembered that they were but flesh,
A wind that passes and comes not again." Psalm 78:38-39 (ESV)