The Panel

A few weeks ago I was invited to be part of a panel that would speak to high school students at Grace during their Love, Sex, and Dating series.

The first week, our panel (comprised of four women) spoke with the girls.  We were each asked to share our “stories,” then they opened it up for a Q&A.  In general, the girls asked some great questions.  “What is sexual abuse?”  “How do I keep God at the center of my relationship?”

It wasn’t until after the session that things got a bit more personal.  One girl approached me and said, “I’ve been molested twice… how do I learn to trust again?”  Tears filled my eyes as I listened to her story.  I kept praying, Please, God, give me wisdom in how to guide her.

I didn’t feel worthy to be “let in” to her life – or the girl who shared with me that she struggles with demon oppression (and has been hospitalized for it and depression).  I was honored that they were so open with me.  I became privy to such personal stories of pain and heartache.

The second week, our panel spoke with the boys.  I’ll admit, I was much more nervous about this one.  I feared that they would be frozen in fear with these four adult women.  Our experience was quite the contrary.  They immediately delved in with personal questions – mostly situations they currently find themselves in.  “I’ve been dating a girl for 2 years, and it bothers me that she has a platonic guy friend spend the night at her house.  I don’t want to be controlling, but I don’t like it.  What do I do?” 

I was most impressed with BOTH of these groups.  They are genuinely seeking God and His will for their relationships.  Well done, Merge!

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~ by Serena on June 18, 2010.

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