Reading: Hebrews 12: 22-24
If you've been to Camp Mount Luther, you know that you have to drive up a hill to get into main camp. In some ways, I feel like when I drive up that driveway, I'm climbing up to go "into the mountains." Camp Mount Luther is a place that has been set apart by God. To me, it is different from the rest of the world. It’s a place in the world but not of the world. It’s a place where I feel God’s presence, especially among fellow staff and campers, as we all live in the outdoors, singing, worshipping, and playing.
In this passage from Hebrews, we are reminded that through Jesus Christ, we now live in a world of grace instead of living in a world under the law. We are no longer living in the City of Man but now are living in the City of God. In the old times, the Israelites lived in fear of God because God showed great power. In contrast, Christians today live in a time of unconditional love shown to us because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. It’s a new covenant! Our relationship to God is different than those in early biblical times.
Mount Zion is the place where God is present. We need to remember that as we go about our daily lives. God is with us at camp as we hike, swim, do crafts, worship and teach Bible studies. God travels with us as we go on trips and take campers from activity to activity. God is indeed present in all we do.
Our challenge is to look for God. Where have you experienced God today? You may be surprised at how you can find God in simple things. But isn’t it great to know that you are not alone as you travel upon this earth?
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Ask yourself, "Where have I seen God today?" Answer the question, then pray to God in thanksgiving for traveling with you.
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