This is a picture of one of the sculptures designed, and created by the youth from Bob's Diner. You can read about this unique youth group by clicking on this link.
When the morning stars sang together
all the sons of God shouted for joy...
Job 38: 7
Fortunately for me, I get to accompany my daughter to her youth group meetings. She started attending when we lived in Texas. Fort Hood has an amazing, active group of up to 100 middle and high school youth, who attend Wednesday night meetings each week. They call it Bob's Diner. It is a different kind of community in that it's military - people come and go. In fact, the leaders make it a point to let the kids know that they are always in transition. At any time, about one-third of the youth are getting ready to PCS (the military member is making a Permanent Change in Station) away from Fort Hood , have recently PCS'd to Fort Hood, or are actually holding steady. The kids were really good at welcoming new faces, at fellowshipping, and accepting one another. They were wonderful with my daughter.
Imagine being the leader of a group this size and this fluid. Imagine trying to channel all of that energy, and youthful creativity, and curiosity, and impulse... The couple in charge did (and continue to do) a great job! First, they truly love the kids - each and every one of them. They share their gifts with the youth - he, as an artist (kids from Bob's Diner made the statue in the picture under his direction), and she - as a musician. She leads a Bob's Diner praise band composed of some very talented kids... They share their passion for Jesus.
So, this morning, I was thinking of God's speech in Job - the poetry and majesty of Chapter 38. You can read it here. And when I came to the verse about the morning stars singing - I thought about a video played for us one Bob's Diner night. It combines all of the gifts and passion of the youth leaders in a format that held all of our attention that night: How Great is Our God!!!
Here's the thing. I love how there's someone out there - Giglio who pulls the technology of YouTube and SETI and even an ipad mashup app, with praise and worship, together to present to someone like the youth leaders at Bob's Diner. I love how the leaders at Bob's present this to us; kids and parents who live in transition. I love how it combines science and the Bible. In relationship. Everything falls together, works together. Kind of like fellowship. Yeah, universe fellowship. I like that.
God of the Heavens, thank you for praise and fellowship: in art, in music, in groups like Bob's Diner. Continue to guide and bless your messengers and leaders.