Shabbat Shalom

Good evening. For the first time I think this summer, I’m laying on my bed writing this blog post….. at 7:10 pm. It’s not 11:30 pm, and I’m not so tired I can’t think. Something amazing has happened today, and to be truthful, I’m not completely sure what it was.

You may remember from yesterday, or from reading yesterday’s post that went up around noon today, that we were without internet connection. It turns out that our modem had fried and we needed a new one. Thanks to anyone who prayed for a quick resolution to this issue. We were slightly concerned that when we called our Internet Provider, they’d put us at the bottom of a list of people who needed to be seen and that it might take a few days. They came this afternoon, though, and fixed us up with a new modem so we are back in business! Thanks to everyone for your understanding as we were internet-less. It felt like it did when my family used to come to family camp and there was no internet available to campers, as the office only had dial up, and I honestly can’t remember what I ever did without it… All the data on my cell phone plan is now gone because I seem to have trouble functioning without an internet connection…. perhaps I need an intervention. But I digress.

Thanks also to Andrew for letting Nancy and I borrow his data from his phone plan to get a few invoices printed and to get the blog posted.

This morning in Chapel, we talked about worship. John had us call out what we thought about when we heard the word. We came up with …. obedience, sunrise, humbling, communion, lifestyle, acknowledgment of who God is, reflecting back God’s glory, reminder of who God is, and being transported into the presence of God. He showed us a Tim Hawkins (Christian comedian) video on how to raise your hands in church. If you want a good laugh, check it out. It’s important to note though, that there is no set style of service order, worship components, etc. in the Bible, so that’s not at all what John was going for this morning. He addressed an all too common “what’s in it for me?” attitude that has become pervasive in our churches. It’s natural for us as humans to want something that we can plug into, whether that be programming or age specific groupings, whatever… but the issue is that we very quickly then make it about us, and when we come to worship with our focused on ourselves, we’re not really worshiping. How did Jesus worship? Well, to start, He told His disciples to “follow me.” Have you ever thought about following? You can only go as fast as the person you’re following behind, and Jesus led a fairly slow-paced life. He was never in a hurry to get to the next place, never rushing. As humans, we often feel like when we’re busy we’re important, because we’re accomplishing things, even if they’re good things. But the potential pitfall in that is that busyness can push God out, even when it’s ministry that we’re busy in. The moral of all of this is that Jesus spent His entire life constantly connected to His Father, and that’s what provided Him peace and rest (which is where Shabbat Shalom comes from in Jewish culture). As Jesus hung on the Cross, covering all of our sins with His blood, it was the first time He hadn’t been connected to His Father, and it made Him cry out things like “my God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” Jesus sets some pretty stellar models for us.

There wasn’t tons going on today. Crafts happened, a nature walk happened, water sports happened, but I have nothing to report from any of those activities. After dinner, there was a scavenger hunt. It was one of those people scavenger hunts where you have to go find someone who matches your descriptions on your page, and then you have to record something that the two of you have in common. I learned something new while I was observing on the porch — one of our maintenance staff, Joe, was born in Texas, not in Canada! Some of the “things we have in common” were pretty deep, and others were less so, like… we both go to Camp Kahquah. But nevertheless, it’s always good to get to know something new about someone else.

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Following that, Andrew and Anita met in the Chapel (well I guess they’re in there as I write) for their seminar on partnership in marriage. It was well attended and received last week, so it is my hope and prayer that those who need to be there to hear what they have to say are there tonight. I went last week, even though I’m not married, and got a lot out of it regardless. It was excellent, and they provided a really cozy atmosphere – almost as if they’d invited 50 people over for coffee in their living room. They talk a lot about knowing your partner, knowing your own personalities so you know what works for the two of you together, partnering together in raising your kids, and many other topics.

That’s it for tonight. Enjoy your Tuesday!

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