Our high school youth group and I leave tomorow for the triennial LC-MS youth gathering in San Antonio, TX. With 10 youth and two other adult leaders, we'll take two days to drive from Palm Coast to the heart of Texas.
The youth have spent the last two days making t-shirts and accumulating snacks to bring in the van. I expect them to consume some massive amounts of food in the next few days.
This will be my fifth gathering. I survived Red Rocks in Denver in 1989, have been to three in New Orleans, and one in Orlando. I've been able to go with all three of my children, and that has made each trip very special and a lot of fun.
Most of youth and adults going with us this time are attending their first gathering. They have no idea what it will be like to be with 25,000 other Lutheran youth in one place at one time, worshiping, singing, dancing, yelling and making a bunch of new friends.
Right after the benediction tomorrow, we're off, two long days in a van ahead of us. Doesn't get any better than that.