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February 16, 2009
Parish rally calls youth to come to God
BY MIKE LANDRY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
SPRUCE GROVE — You have a friend who has secretly taken up the art of acrobatics, specifically, tightrope walking.
Imagine that today, for the first time you see him walking on a tightrope strung high in the air. He goes back and forth across this tightrope several times, first with a blindfold, and then pushing a wheelbarrow.
When he asks you if you believe he can do it again, you enthusiastically respond “yes.” Then he asks you if you trust him to do it, and with a little less enthusiasm you respond “yes.”
Then he invites you to get into the wheelbarrow – a sure test of whether or not you really do trust him.
“There is a difference between simply believing in God and trusting God. God is inviting you to trust him with your life, just like your friend invited you to get in the wheelbarrow and trust that he won’t drop you.”
Using life examples and stories like this one, Ken Yasinski challenged 150 youth at the seventh annual Holy Trinity Parish Youth Rally on Jan. 31 to trust God. The theme for the day was to Listen Up day by day to the voice of God, based on Psalm 95:7 “That today, you would listen to his voice.”
Maria Berube from Beaumont learned: “You have to let go and give your life to God. You have to trust him to carry you.”
Kim Bremault, one of the youth leaders from Holy Trinity Parish, thought that the evening of adoration was the highlight. “Seeing all those kids in adoration, quietly praising and contemplating God made all our work completely worth it.”
Yasinski, president of Face II Face Ministries based in Saskatoon, reminded the youth that while this sort of gathering is important, they do not need a rally to grow in faith.
The challenge to them is to daily make the choice to follow Jesus, to enter into conversation with him, and to be able to become the saints of the new millennium, Yasinski said.
Kayla Schlachter, a youth from Stony Plain, learned to embrace the moment. “Today really is the most important day of our lives. Not the past or what could be in the future, but right now is where we decide to make a step toward God.”
The day also included Confession with several priests, Mass, an evening of Eucharistic Adoration, music by local worship band Anaphora, great food, and a variety of other activities aimed at exciting the youth about their faith and challenging them to grow closer to God.