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Dark is now light

Carter m.

This year is my second MOVE ever and I was really excited to be back. I woke up to start our second day around 6:30 after barely sleeping and went to breakfast with the rest of First Church. 

After breakfast, my friends and I walked to the morning session for that day. Our emcee got us ready for the day by having us play some games and then we went into a time of worship. The worship at MOVE has always been something that has stuck with me. The songs are powerful, compelling, and challenging and it is an amazing experience to sing with so many other fellow believers. 

Our speaker for the session, Mark Christian, then explained that our topic for the day would be light and darkness. This week at MOVE we are focusing on the theme of Contrast and how we as Christians are called to stand out. We are studying the book of 1st John and today we started the session memorizing 1st John 2:9 “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.” I love this verse because of how it shows the important community is in the church. Relationships with other believers help to hold us accountable as well as can be a way we experience Christ as I have already seen here at MOVE. 

After morning session we went into small groups. We talked about the session and read scripture together. Lunch was after our small group time and after lunch it started to rain so we went inside to play card games. Later we had electives that we could go to to learn more about God. Afterwards, some friends and I went swimming at the pool. We then went to dinner then got ready to go to the evening session.

We started off the session together with amazing worship and then we were introduced to our speaker for the night, Joseph Solomon. He continued our discussion of light and darkness with 1st John 1:5-10 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

Our speaker used these verses to talk about how the darkness that was in our lives contrasted with the light that is God. One of the things that stuck out to me in his sermon was how when we come to Jesus and into the light “it’s not God, I promise to be different, but instead we should say I promise I won’t be different unless you make me different”. That really stuck with me because it shows how we really can’t do anything alone. We need God in everything that we do. 

After my second day at MOVE, one of the things that has stood out to me is how the community of believers here rally around each and every member. No one here let’s anyone be alone if they don’t want to be. MOVE is a place where students come and feel loved and accepted. Even though I’m only on my second day, I have already made new friendships and strengthened old ones. As MOVE continues, I look forward to growing closer to my church and my God.