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Stormy Night

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

treebranchessky-74600_640Gender bashing
Culture clashing

Voices
Cascading
Even louder
Like crashing symbols

Yelling
Screaming
Stammering
Clawing for attention

No!
You’re wrong!
That’s $%^&&*&* up!

Listen!
Point made
Counterpoint

Last night I had the hardest support group I’ve led in more than ten years. Teens yelling, screaming, not listening to one another nearly enough.

At TreeHouse teens learn that they are not alone in dealing with any issue. There is always someone who can relate to what is going on in another group member’s life. Teens learn how to support someone else in need. They are reminded that they are lovable, capable and worthwhile. TreeHouse support groups become a place where youth know that they will always be listened to and that what they say matters to others.

“Wait…WAIT…LISTEN!We’re teaching communication skills.

In the middle of the verbal storm one guy looked at me and said, “Why are you always smiling?” We’re modeling conflict resolution skills.

“That’s why we call it work,” I said to a colleague.

In another conflict-filled community they heard, “Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” 1

It’s easier to remember to be kind and compassionate when you remember that others had been patient with you.

Last night I walked away excited. I walked away with a smile.

#mysilentscream: It was a stormy night, but I can see the sunny forecast ahead.

 

1 – Ephesians 4:31-32, MSG

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