I chatted with Joe Myers (author of the Search to Belong) about some ideas I've been bouncing around for youth stuff. During our talk we talked about the role of grace in programs, and how often programs force people to belong in spaces they don't feel like belonging. he said that programs need to have more space for people to choose whether or not they will participate in a certain activity (small groups, prayer group...).
then I brought up how many quality interactions for me are spontaneous. There really isn't a form for what happens, it just happens. And I wonder how we can intentionally create those interactions, those spontanaieties (SP?).
He described intentional spontanaeity (SP?) like sleeping. You can intend to sleep, but sometimes you just won't. You can set up your room to sleep, but you aren't guaranteed to sleep. The same goes in planning places for people to interact...
During the night service we were lead through the creation and fall and redemption...it's hard to describe what was done, but it was moving. There was a point where the lady acting out God mimed that she was weeping, and she drew water and put it on her eyes and ran it down her face. While she did that a person was reading from the Psalms where the psalmist feasts on his tears day and night. And then we were invited to put tears on our face, to share in the sorrow of God, or to allow God to share in our sorrow. There were basins of water around the building, and you could walk up and pull the water onto your face. it stung the eyes, leaving them with a burning feeling for the rest of the night, and it tasted of salt on the lips. All thru the talk I could taste it and feel it.
And later in the service, God offered the world her living water, and we were invited to go to the same places where we had feasted on tears and we drew water to drink.