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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


It is almost a sure thing that I have committed non sequitur-isms but I do not remember ever using that word/phrase in a normal conversation – but then, am I really normal or have normal conversations? This last question comes about because quite possibly only one person in the whole world in really normal and everyone else is either below or above that median condition – and I don’t think I am that person today.

But getting back to the word/phrase that started all this – which is defined as an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises – and/or a comment that is unrelated to a preceding one. Following this line of reasoning, would it be a non sequitur to say that we had a youth encounter/retreat at our church this weekend and I was one of the ones there – since I am not a youth but an oldster?

Our spiritual event started on Friday evening at 5: 30 and continued until Sunday morning, concluding in time for all of us to attend the AM service. As mentioned in earlier writings concerning several previous similar events, this one was also an awesome time of drawing away from everyday distractions to concentrate on matters concerning our Savior and the personal relationship possible with Him.

Nitty-gritty is defined as: the essential substance or details of a matter or the crux of it. Crux is defined as: the central or pivotal point or a perplexing and unresolved difficulty. Considering these defining words, especially the latter ones, the nitty-gritty is what the young participants in our retreat got down to. They were given the truth of the Word compared to the lies of our self and material seeking society.

Crux also carries the simple meaning of: a cross and this was what all of our weekend sessions were focused on. Not the cross itself but the true meaning of what took place on a certain cross about 2,000 years ago just outside Jerusalem and what it means to us today. A choice was necessary and urgent.

From outward appearances, most made the choice to follow the Savior. We offer follow up classes to reinforce the truths that were learned in the sessions. I do know for a fact that this oldster gets much of a blessing from being a part of these youth efforts – again the non sequitur appears on the close horizon and possibly this is another one of those – so be it. ec


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

You're young at heart, -ec.

1/20/2009 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I'm sure your leadership gave so much to your youth.

1/21/2009 07:44:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

AC - I do agree - although this old body holds me back a bit. :)

Brenda - Hopefully - but I did enjoy seeing them draw closer to the Lord. ec

1/25/2009 11:21:00 PM  

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