Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Day 7 - Mainz

We started the day off with our very dear Kneeland getting himself locked in the bus bathroom, making many attempts at breaking down the door, passing paper through a hole, and hitting the SOS button. After Kneeland was so miraculously rescued, we all relaxed until we arrived at the breathtaking St. Martins Cathedral for our morning prayer but also for a bit of exploration. After playing explorer for a half hour or so we broke up into our small groups because at this point, being teenagers, we needed food and we needed it as soon as possible. After a delicious Kebap sandwich for quite a few groups, it was time to seek out the perfect place to start our afternoon Lectio. John 1:1-18 was the chosen passage today and the message that really stuck out to me was that the darkness will never overcome the light.  (“…in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:4-5)   After sharing our interpretations of the passage it was time to meet up with all the other group and set out on what the girls had been begging for since we stepped foot in Germany….shopping! However, the special treat was that there were no designated adults to each group. All of the adults definitely needed a bit of a break from us since we are quite a handful. After an hour and a half of torture for the boys, dragging them from H&M to random German clothing stores, our shopping session came to end and it was time to get back to the hotel. Of course, we had our dinner, which was absolutely heavenly as usual. Our dinner was a bit different on this night though because it was our fancy dinner. Everyone was dressed to impress at dinner all ready for the red carpet. After a filling dinner we retreated back to the hotel to finish up the night. Our discussion of the night revolved around how this trip had changed  us spiritually, emotionally, and in many other ways.  After a heartfelt discussion, we were lead in compline by Mary. The night came to a perfect end when our very own Matthew Montgomery Arehart accidentally slammed his elbow on the table pretty hard. SHOUTOUT TO MATTHEW.

Sutton and Daniella

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