The staff (with just a couple of exceptions) arrived today and let me tell you it is so good to be at camp! There is a real element of this place that feels like home to me. This is where I’ve been every summer since I was in high school (except the year I was on Massah) and this is where God called me into ministry and gave me a vision for what it could look like to serve him.
We’ll introduce you to the staff in the next day or so, we have some camp names that are still forthcoming, but in the mean time I want to invite you to be praying with us for this summer at camp. Camp is a place that is significant in the lives of these staff and camp is a place of expectation for us. We come to camp not exactly knowing what to expect, but knowing that God is faithful to meet us in this place. I always think about going to camp a little bit like the pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem for Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot and it makes me really think about the Psalms of Ascent.
I love this Psalm because camp can be a time of nerves. Nervous new staff, nervous campers…sometimes even nervous parents? For all of us, camp is an opportunity to place ourselves in God’s care and experience his faithfulness. I pray that this summer would be a time of expectation for all of us and that we would be able to say with even greater confidence “my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”
I look up to the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth.
He won’t let your foot slip.
He who watches over you won’t get tired.
In fact, he who watches over Israel
won’t get tired or go to sleep.
The Lord watches over you.
The Lord is like a shade tree at your right hand.
The sun won’t harm you during the day.
The moon won’t harm you during the night.
The Lord will keep you from every kind of harm.
He will watch over your life.
The Lord will watch over your life no matter where you go,
both now and forever.