By: Sara Cox
Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, the Foothills Presbytery Youth Council led “On the Road” events at ten churches. The “On The Road” events included games, energizers, keynote, and small groups centered around the theme: “ONE: One Hope, One Faith, One Baptism, One Lord.” The keynote time included reflections from youth on how the theme of ONE shows up in everyday life. PYC member Sara Cox shares her reflection below:
If someone asked you what made you feel like a part of something bigger than yourself, what would you say? Is your first thought the church? Maybe a sport? Theater? Mission work? For me, it’s band. More specifically, marching band. I don’t know if any of you have done marching band, I’m sure some of you have, but most probably not. Marching band, for those of you who haven’t done it, is all about taking a bunch of different pieces and making them one. You start your seasons earlier than the football team, sweating it out in late July-early August all day for two whole weeks before school starts just to learn the basics. A marching season lasts from July all the way to early November, and during that time you become very close with people. By the end of the season, it’s easy to get out on the field and perform one last time with people who have become close enough to feel like a second family.
The steps to get there, to a marching show that is as close to perfect as possible, is not easy. It’s hard learning where you’re supposed to go, keeping time, and playing by memory all at once. But when you do, when you finally successfully do all of your different responsibilities, it’s a great feeling. And when everyone else in band gets that down as well and you’re all marching and playing and going where you’re supposed to go, it’s a glorious feeling. You place when they do, you move when they move. You go together, you play together. It’s not easy getting to the point where dozens of different individuals can move together so easily, can just become one, but once you do, there is nothing quite like it.
It’s not always easy being one in everyday life. There’s people you’re bound to disagree with, and sometimes it just feels like everything is working against you. But above it all, watching like a dutiful band director, is God. God, who created you in his image. God, who loves you for who you are. God, who has chosen you to be His child, who has chosen you to be part of his glorious one. It isn’t ever really easy, and maybe some days it feels impossible, but we are all children of God, and under him, like a marching show, we come together to create one magnificent whole.
Sara Cox serves on the Foothills Presbytery Youth Council as a member at large. She is a Sophomore at J.L. Mann in Greenville. Sara enjoys band, theater, reading and creative writing.