lilly's pad

just got home and was checking my email...

couldn't believe the news update from youth specialties...
Mike Yaconelli , one of my heroes, has gone to dance with jesus....
he was in a car accident late on wed night and died early this morning. if you were at greenbelt this summer, you probably heard him speak...or if you are a youth pastor you know what a great heart he had for kids and for encouraging us folk who also have hearts for kids..

his talk at emergent in feb. is still in my memory..."jesus is the God who wants us to dance."

Mike changed my life. It happened in the spiritual retreat intensive workshops...(i have been to two of these thus far) His heart to see us overly busy, overly tired and fried youth workers actually be still before the lord and actually take time to listen to jesus...he introduced me to the power of lectio divina, he taught me to use clay to worship, he introduced me to jonny and steve's labyrinth.

the images jesus gave me during last year's retreat are still being built upon and are still having major impact on my life, at communion a few years ago mike looked in to my eyes and told me not to be afraid to dance...i have always been ashamed of my dancing ...atleast since i have been an adult...but as a child i loved ballet and loved to twirl...
that is what jesus has been calling me to for a long, long, time...to be the little girl who is not afraid to dance with him...jesus wants me to dance and he wants to dance with ME!

i am crying as i type..cause mike really didn't know me...i was just a face he would see at various conferences, but he was very important in my life with jesus...

i know that while we miss him here...that tonight he is dancing with jesus...he is smiling that great smile and laughing that great laugh and getting all his questions answered ...and just being loved greatly by his king...

jesus thanks for mike, thanks for all he has meant to so many around the globe, thank you for using him to inspire me to know you in a more intimate way...thanks for youth specialties and all the impact it has had in my life and in the lives of my kids at oasis. take care of his family tonight jesus...and marko and the rest of the staff at ys...comfort them and hold them close and help them to dance again with dangerous wonder. lil