What are we doing at our Training Hub in Anchorage? Let me tell you the story of a young leader at our biweekly dinner discussion called “The Table” at Parachutes Teen Club and Resource Center.
The topic that night was, “Is there a God?” We didn’t think Ethan had been listening. He had been laying on a couch just outside the group, seemingly content to play on his phone rather than participate in the conversation.
But then he suddenly sat up and blurted out somewhat awkwardly, “I think God is like a song on the radio”. The kid we thought hadn’t been paying attention was now answering the question of the night. Ethan continued, “The first time you hear it you have no idea what is going on. Then after you hear it a few times you start to get the beat. Then you know the hook. After a while you can sing all the words. Then, after you’ve heard it a bunch of times it’s like you never didn’t know the song.” Finishing his thought, he laid back down on the couch.
This flash of a moment illustrates something awesome about the Incarnation – we get to learn from each other in what theologian James Alison calls a “Great Reversal.” In this case, a teen from the street, switched from being the student to being the teacher. That’s what we are learning how to do here – to sit at the feet of those we serve and trust the Spirit at work – wild and free. It’s thrilling!
Street Psalms Senior Fellow
Founding Director of Parachute Ministries