It was a week full of questions—honest, heart-felt questions from a group of brave high school students. We asked together. Wrestled together. Worshipped together. And rode bikes, tubed, and laughed a lot together, as well. We had this conversation as we celebrated Thanksgiving in June.
“As this camp comes to an end, we can’t answer all your questions, but we do want you to know that you’re heard. So many of you are wanting your faith to be your own faith. But still have questions.
You’re at an age where you’re aware of pain in your life. The most natural thing in the world is to try to stop it. To dull it. We don’t want to live with pain. We don’t want to experience disappointment. We pray and we pray and we pray, to try to prevent it. We pray that we’ll make the team. Get asked to a party. See a change in a particular circumstance—big or small. It doesn’t happen. And we believe God doesn’t work. You’re right. In some ways, He doesn’t. Or at least not in the ways we sometimes want Him to work. He wants to bless you and give to you, but He’s not there to make your life problem and pain free. Instead, He will use every one of those things in your life.
It’s confusing. Why does sometimes God give you the parking space you pray for, but not heal the person you love? Or come through in the big things you ask for?
It’s okay to have these conflicts. Sometimes, as adults, we teach you that you should be experiencing something God hasn’t promised. God doesn’t promise to change every circumstance, although we often wish he would. But what He does promise is to never leave you. He promises His love for you and that you’re His.
And then we talk about being grateful. It can be hard to have gratitude in our faith because we believe He’s supposed to do certain things. It’s okay just not to understand. It’s okay to be confused. But don’t let that confusion hold you back from knowing Him. You can be a confused Christian. That’s why there’s a Daystar—we all are, to some degree. It’s strange to talk about Thanksgiving in light of all of this. But whatever you’re feeling or is heavy on you right now, it doesn’t win. He still promises to be with you in the midst of it. It’s not stronger than light.
That’s our thankfulness here at Hopetown and as those who know the light.”
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else.” - CS Lewis
“If God were small enough to be understoog, He would not be big enough to be worshipped.” -Evelyn Underhill
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is His megaphone to rouse a dead world.”-CS Lewis
“What came into existence was life, and the life was light to live by. The life-light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” -John 1:3-5, The Message
Happy Thanksgiving from Raising Boys and Girls!