At a recent district Youth Con (short for conference) I came upon a pile of youth at dusk, under a huge tree entangled in a Puppy Pile. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of a Youth Con experience, a Puppy Pile is a web of youth lying on the floor with heads on bellies and shoulders. Some Puppy Piles are rowdy with discussions and catching up on personal news. But this particular Puppy Pile was rather quiet. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I looked closer I realized that they each had their hand outstretched on someone else’s heart and were trying to get their hearts beating as one. And then someone started singing softly, “when I breathe in… I breathe in peace… when I breathe out… I breathe out love.” And one by one they joined in until they were all singing. And then each perked up with the realization that they had succeeded in getting their hearts in sync. As if by some cosmic cerebral connection they burst into the song “Love will Guide Us.”
I ask you, what would your life be like right now if you had gotten to be a youth in that pile?
The sacredness of Cons aside, our songs guide and save lives. Do not take them lightly. What songs do you pull out for work parties? What songs do you sing to your babies as lullabies? What songs do you sing to mark the transitions, big and small in your life?
Religious Education gets in our bones, inspires us to our best selves and community It holds us in our darkness. It has a beat and can be sung in harmony.