Christian Flash Weekly Event #40 From Christian Weekly.
A Flash Fiction Challenge.
Prompt and Word Limits for Event #40
Length: 1-150 words
Prompt: John 11:35 (KJV)
“I’m so confused,” Charlie said.
“Sup, man?” I asked.
“Dude, I just don’t know anymore. Parents have been dogging me about everything. I don’t think I can take it much longer.” His hands kept clenching and unclenching.
“Not a problem, man. You know all parents are like that. They just trying to get to you. Maybe trying to help too, in their own weird way.” I laughed a little, hoping to lighten the mood.
“It ain’t funny. You know I ain’t going to put up with it much longer. I can’t take it. I gotta do something.”
I knew he wasn’t joking. “Dude, just chill til tomorrow. I gotta go now, but text me later, okay?”
“Sure, man. Yeah.”
In the car Mom could tell I was upset. “What’s wrong Jeremy?”
“We have to be at church early before Youth Group tonight, so we’re going to just run through somewhere for fast food, okay?”
As a former youth pastor I tried so hard to show my kids how to reach out to others, how to share their faith, how to talk to people, how to simply invite someone to the Youth Group on Wednesdays to have some fun and ease into church. It was a frustrating time. We even went out and visited people in the hopes of making a connection. But it was difficult when the Youth didn’t know where their friends lived. But we still tried. Tuesdays we would load up the van and go visiting and Wednesdays we would gather for our studies and activities.
It wasn’t just about more kids in church that was my biggest concern. It was about helping them. I knew there were dozens, hundreds of kids out there needing help. But with a church body that wasn’t as a whole as concerned about young people, the lack of empathy was absorbed by the youth themselves. Yes, there are many who care but too many that don’t.
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