The Lund Youth Meeting

Last night I spoke at the Lund, a long-established youth gathering, meeting on a farm by Kirkby Lonsdale. I arrived late, caused in part by others’ feeble and cautious driving. I arrived to greet a remarkably packed farmhouse in which were seated and standing 60-80 young men and women. They’d come from all over, including Quernmore and Littledale. I spoke on Psalm 139, which describes the intimacy God feels for His people, the wonder and complexity of our physical bodies and the intrinsic value of human life before coming to the hard bits beyond verse 18. David says he hates sin and sinners, but concludes with a heart-felt plea that God searches his own heart and that he might be led in the ‘way of life everlasting’.

Not only was I the oldest, or second oldest in the room, but I was perhaps the first to leave at 10.25pm. A couple of people thanked me for giving a ‘challenging word’. This might be code for ‘you were a bit over the top’ or ‘I didn’t know what you were going on about’. Nevertheless, I pray God will speak to those eighty souls through this ass of Balaam.