his eyes were glossy and his spirit tender. it was evident he had something important to say.
he talked for a bit about youth group.
that night his leader had asked, "how do you know you are going to heaven?"
one kid thought he would go to heaven because he rescued a drowning dog from a pool.
noah told him that, "we are saved through our faith in Jesus, not by works."
his leader asked, "who in this group deserves to go to heaven?"
a kid in the group pointed at noah and said, "that kid."
noah replied, "i don't deserve to go to heaven anymore than any of you. it is only because of Jesus that we deserve to go to heaven."
after sharing this with us, he talked about pride and humility.
he thoughtfully communicated that he wants to have humility.
he expressed his desire to make jesus look good.
next he talked about jr. high, and his experience in traditional school last year
as a 7th grader.
he talked about feelings of acceptance and rejection.
then he talked about God.
he said that last year he wasn't sure about God.
he looked at us like we would be disappointed.
we told him questioning was good, and that he needed to find the Truth on his own.
he told us he wasn't sure about God, then he went to camp.
at camp he watched his counselors really know and love God.
he wanted that.
he shared that when he came home from camp he gave his life to jesus.
as he shared all this he looked radiant -like moses coming down the mountain after being face to face with God- like he had, that evening, been face to face with God, working out his salvation.