In the space between moments
Last week, as part of a sophmore 'get to know each other' thing, my high school class attended a respect retreat. We were divided into thirds and each went on a different day. Before we walked into the community center which we were bussed to, many of us disliked one another and were downright nasty to each other.
As soon as we walked through the doors, we were greeted by three energetic, fun people from Youth Frontiers. They started out by having us play silly games in which we had to rely on one another in order to be successful. The day was filled with music, discussions, laughter, and fun.
The part of the day that hit me hardest was at it's close. One of the people from Youth Frontiers lit a single candle in the center of the room and instructed us (about 200 people in total) to be seated around it. He then placed some smaller candles around it and dimmed the lights. He told us to come up one by one if we wished to, light a candle, and say something about someone or something. His only rule was that it must be noble.
It took a while for the first person to finally come forward, but soon after that first girl poured her heart out to us, more and more people started to come forth. I heard stories of lost friendships, deaths of friends, and other things that broke my heart. I also heard people apologize to one another and others thank their friends and family for all they have done for them (which I myself had the courage to do). It was a truly moving experience. Many of us were in tears by the day's close.
I guess I'd like to thank Passions for everything that you guys have done for me also. I'd also like to ask if anyone has experienced something similar and ask what kind of effect it had on you.
"If my heart had wings, I would fly to you and lie beside you as you dream....." ~Faith Hill: If My Heart Had Wings~