Unfortunately I forgot my recorder yesterday so I did not get my sermon recorded, but something else happened. The leader of the youth group asked if I would come to the meeting since it would be my last opportunity. I agreed and then she told me to wear something I wouldn't mind getting messy. I was thinking paint, maybe a pie in the face. Nope.
I have heard of people who were decorated. People of distinction in various arenas. Now I can say that I too have been decorated. The youth group decorated me like a big gingerbread house. As a farewell, I am pretty sure it will be one of, if not the most memorable farewell. The youth had a blast. I am sure they will remember it for much of their lives. After all, it isn't every night when they get to cover their pastor's face in icing. (NOTE: in the event that you think this might be something you'd like to do, a word of caution... After a few minutes, my eyes were starting to be irritated by the icing. A little burn was developing. Buy a cheap pair of swim goggles and decorate around/over them.)
Here are a couple of videos that were taken. In the first one, the youth were trying to erect the gingerbread house on my face. In the second, they had given up and just went to smearing my face and hair with icing and candy decoration.
After I went and cleaned up from this, they also sat down with me to give me a book of photos and comments. In the end, I cried. A wonderful evening with them.