As most of you know, if not most, then here you go, I have recently got on staff with Young Life in Bethel. If you told me as a freshman in high school, I would burst into tears overwhelmingly excited, but also would not believe you.
There's a few things that have been on my heart recently, that are super hard, but also so beautiful.
One of them is the #metoo campaign that happened.
Holy frick, that stabbed me right in the chest. Right in the heart. Why?????? Because so many people(both women AND men!!) went through a horrible thing, and maybe it's still continuing to without their consent. So many people are so broken because of it. Lots of it still feels so freakin...vulnerable. And ashamed. Because they, we, feel like nobody is hearing us out, or we still don't feel safe. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. I'm sorry it hurts. I'm sorry it broke you. I'm sorry "sorry" isn't enough. I'm sorry.
You might think I'm crazy I said it's beautiful too, that's okay I'm used to it.
It's so beautiful because we still have a voice. It's so beautiful because even if it freakin wrecked you, you're still here. You're still strong. You're still beautiful. You're still changing lives. And I thank you for that. I thank you for having so much courage to stand up. I thank you for not letting it crush you. I thank you for being the most adventurous one out there.
Okay - another thing. Y'all, are the best.
The reason I talked about this specific message, is cause it's a real problem in Alaskan villages. It's a real problem in the communities. In Bethel. In all 56 villages. In all of Alaska. In all of the freakin world. And it sucks.
The good news - we are so so so immensely loved. We are so cared for.
LOVED. KNOWN. HEARD. HELD. IT IS OVER!! Shame is not a taking this over. You will take this over. You will change the world.
He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Revelation 21:6 NIV
We are for you.
We are with you.
We are in this together.
In honor of Young Life 76!!