A Thank You Letter To My High School Youth Group

A Thank You Letter To My High School Youth Group

You will forever hold a place in my heart.

If you're like me, one of the greatest parts of high school was your church youth group. You join it around seventh grade and stay in until you graduate high school. For me, one of the hardest parts of high school life to say goodbye to was my involvement in the youth group at my church. I want to take a moment, and say thank you to the youth group that built me.

If it weren't for my youth group, I wouldn't be friends with many of the people I am friends with today.

My youth group friends were my closest friends, and many of them still are. They're the people I call on in times of need, whether that be prayers for my upcoming test, or if I just want to rant about something stupid like a boy, they're my go to people. They're the ones I want to hang out with when I'm home, and the ones who don't judge me for my college mistakes. Now that most of us are in college and have gone our separate ways, the fact that we are still so close proves how true those friendships are, and I have realized I am so lucky to have them.

If it weren't for my youth group, many of my most treasured memories would never have happened.

My youth group took a ten day trip one summer, and we went to Yellowstone National Park, the Badlands, and Mount Rushmore. The memories I made on that trip are memories that I still hold dear. We saw wild buffalo, elk, and grizzly bears. We swam in a pond in the middle of the Rocky Mountains that probably could have given us hypothermia. We drove to the top of the Beartooth Pass, fed chipmunks, and played in the snow in July. And of course, we have inside jokes galore from that experience. I honestly can't imagine my life without this trip of a lifetime, and I am so thankful for the youth group that took me places I never thought I'd go.

If it weren't for my youth group, I wouldn't know as many people at college as I do now.

My youth group was very involved with other youth groups across the state, and because of that, there are familiar faces at school that I know because of this youth group involvement. They are friendly faces that I am automatically connected to in a special way, and that I already had something in common with before we stepped foot on campus.

I am currently a sophomore in college, so my closest friends from my youth group are now either graduated or are about to graduate. It's weird when I go home and see so many new faces of young members that I don't recognize. I don't like hearing about new inside jokes and memories that I'm not apart of. But I'm forever thankful for the blessings I received from being a part of my youth group for six years. To all those who still have time left in their youth group, treasure it. It goes by faster than you think.

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A Letter From God To Help You Finish The Semester

God sees your struggles and He's here to give you strength and motivation.

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The lack of motivation towards the end of the semester is normal. You are mentally and physically tired, but you are almost at the end. Don’t stop walking down the perfect path I have for you. When you’re going along and you come upon a speedbump, I want you to go over it and keep driving. The paper you have to write and the test you have to study for are just small speedbumps I have given you to make you wiser. You can write that paper and you can gain motivation to study for that test. I am here to give you strength, and am here to open up your mind and give you motivation.

You are so loved. You have such a beautiful mind. The light of Jesus shines through your eyes and your smile brings comfort to the world. There’ll be times you feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. There’ll be times you feel like the task I have given you is impossible to perform. But remember this: I would never put anything upon your shoulders that you cannot carry. If I put you in a certain situation, it’s because I know you are strong enough to go through it.

When you feel like crying, cry to me. When you feel like a failure, remember how much I love you. You are not a failure and you are not going to give up. I will hold your hand through every second of your life. I will seek your heart through your darkest moments. I see you, I see your heart, and I see your burdens. And remember that I have your heart which means I also have your burdens. Follow my footsteps and you will be free from the doubt. Remember Mark 4:40-41: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” I have the power to calm any storm and wave. I have the power to calm YOUR storms and waves. Set your doubt, anger, and tiredness in my hands and simply be patient.

Romans 8:14-15 says,“For those who are led by the spirit of God are the children of God. The spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, rather the spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.” Nothing can separate you from my love. Not even your lack of motivation. You have no motivation because you do not feel good enough. You are more than good enough. You were perfectly made by me and when I look down at you, I think of how proud I am of your heart.

Throughout the last few weeks of this semester, you will stumble upon speedbumps. But hold the hand of my son Jesus and you will be able to go over that speedbump with ease. Go write that paper, go study for that test, and go get an A in that class. I know you can because I have given you power.



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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.


After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

Tyler Reid

Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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