Saturday, October 22, 2011
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life
Robert Louis Stevenson
Over the past 5 years I have been Chaplain to 2467 Squadron of the ATC - distance prevents frequent visits, but there is skype! Accompanying the young men and women through these formative years is a real privilege.
I have come to know many able young people, some of faith and all on the journey of discovery. You only get out of things what you are prepared to put in ... as the saying goes and ATC, SU, to name two, are great organisations for youth. (There are others, too).
As a teenager I was part of a large youth group, called Koinonia. This was a lively organisation - and one which gave a great foundation, not just for faith, but life itself. Within its structure there were people who undertook a chaplaincy role, though might not have used that term. These were trustworthy people who had the ability to encourage, as well as the patience to listen, and gently direct those in their care.
Indeed these gifts of encouragement and patience are essential for those who put time aside to walk with young and old alike.
Thank you to those I knew in my youth, and thank you, too, to the youth who encourage me today.