It’s a lovely October morning, and….. oh, sorry, it’s August, I forgot. It’s been quite chilly outside, and apparently Wednesday’s looking like more of the same, but we’ll survive, won’t we? Campers are hearty folk.
This morning in Chapel, we started by watching a testimony from Charlotte Sider on the Capital Campaign about how her life with Jesus started during summer camp here at Kahquah 50 years ago. Mine started here, too, so her story really resonated with me. When John started to preach, we watched a video called Guys and Grills where a man called his wife on his way home from work to tell her he wanted to bless her by cooking dinner that night. He said he’d grill some steaks… but asked her to do all the fixings up and marinate the meat for him. All he did was fall asleep while the steaks were grilling while she went crazy. At dinner, he exclaimed proudly that he was a great husband and that she should put her feet up and relax more often. Funny…. that doesn’t look very much to me like the model for servanthood that Jesus laid out for us. If we’re truly Followers of Jesus, we should be serving. Jesus didn’t say Come and Stay. He said Go and serve. Paul tells us to work out our faith. All that servanthood requires of us is an obedient heart — we don’t need to worry about not feeling equipped… if God tells us to do something, He’ll give us everything we need. It’s also important to note that Jesus never solved any big issues entirely — disease, poverty, crime, etc…. Jesus helped one on one in the lives of many. Jesus washed His Disciples’ feet. Even Judas’s feet, hours before He knew Judas would betray Him. That’s servanthood. I’ll wrap up this summary with a thought and a quote. Thought: If God puts something on your heart, it’s there for you to do… not to pass off to someone else. Quote: My whole life, I’ve been complaining that my work kept getting interrupted, until I realized that the interruptions WERE my work. — Henri Nouwen
This evening we had our annual winter carnival… I mean… just carnival. It’s not really winter out there, we don’t think. It was chilly, but there were kids out there who were being real champs, having fun regardless. Their parents looked awfully cold, though. Anything for candy, though, right? A big thanks to all of the older Camper kids who helped out running the various events at the Carnival. Our jobs as summer staff are so much easier when there are willing volunteers to help reduce the workload all around. I think there were a few future summer staffers in the making out there.
After that, Andrew (and Dale and Nathaniel) put on a lovely concert in the Chapel. He suggested that the reason for the good turnout was that those in attendance would have been cold had they been elsewhere, but I suspect it has way more to do with his music than that. He shared many of the songs that he wrote or co-wrote that are on his CD, The God Who Sees (which is for sale in the Tuck Shop for 15.00), including one that he co-wrote with his son, Noah. He gave us the story behind the title song, The God Who Sees. Remember Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah? Remember how Abraham couldn’t wait for God so he took his desire for a child into his own hands and Hagar ended up pregnant? Sarah made life so miserable for Hagar that she ran out to the desert and cried out to God — she knew He could hear her cries, but she was broken and beaten and she needed to be seen. God assured her in that place, as He does with us no matter where we are, that He sees us, and He sees our circumstances. It’s a beautiful song, with a beautiful message behind it. Thanks to all who came out to the concert, and thanks to Andrew for putting it on!
Enjoy your Wednesday, and stay warm! Look at how cold the water looks! And please note, there is no one sitting in the Muskoka Chairs tonight…