Let me start by explaining that Night Fever is an event that seeks to show everyone, especially young adults and non-practicing Christians that the church is open and inviting everyone inside. At UNL, our Night Fever consists of prayers (specifically for world peace), Eucharistic adoration, praise and worship music and the Sacrament of Reconciliation available. Students go out into the streets and invite anyone and everyone they see to stop by the church and light a candle for world peace.
But sometimes, as much as we are seeking to love and care for those we invite into the church, sometimes… just sometimes, those individuals give us life lessons we could never repay.
As my friend and I walked up to a couple and asked them if they had heard of Night Fever, we could tell they didn’t exactly want to chat. They distractedly half-listened to our invitation and walked away before we finished a sentence. It’s not that we were shocked, we knew not everyone would take us up on our invitation, but that didn’t make it any less discouraging. Sometimes you wonder why you even try…
We made our way back to the church and as we entered the lobby we heard a voice ask where they could get a candle to light. It was that couple. That same couple that seemed to blow us off not five minutes earlier.
They had followed us back to the church.
Thank you, couple, for teaching me of some very important lessons:
1. The humble reminder that you never know who may be following you.
You never know what is going on in another’s heart, all you can do is let the Holy Spirit in and let God love souls through you.
2. As someone blessed to know the God of the Universe and call Him Father, it is my responsibility to let that shine thorough words and actions.
Walk the walk I sometimes only talk. Actions speak volumes when words only whisper.
You never know who may be only steps behind you.
Are you leading them to the higher ground that saved you when the floods came?
Photos courtesy of David Cao