I just got back from the retreat in Iowa City. I will write more about it later, but it was AWESOME! The Holy Spirit was definately at work in all of the young people there. It was so wonderful to see them go from spread out in the back pews to being pressed up as close as they could get to the front, all hugging and singing together.
It made me think of how sad it is that it is so rare to be shown love these days. People at school seem indifferent to you, people on the streets at best will acknowledge that you're in their way...even friends seem reluctant to hug, hold hands, and cry together unless they know each other super well. So seeing the youth taking others under their wings and just loving them was so beautiful to me! I just sat there watching them and thanking Jesus.
The small groups seemed to go well, too, although I am not sure how mine went, but the youth seemed to enjoy themselves. Hopefully they learned and grew closer to God as well (for isn't that the point).
I have so much more to say but I will save it for a later time as I need to study for my nursing test tomorrow!
God bless you all!