Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11 (Click to read text)
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated… (v. 4a)
Reflection: This past summer, the X-Teen senior high campers spent a couple days cleaning up an area of camp that was damaged by heavy rains and strong winds a few years back. The Blacksnake worship site had become unusable with storm debris everywhere as well as inaccessible because of a large tree that took out the bridge crossing the creek. Small branches and brush were moved into piles. Trunks were cut, hauled and set up to become new benches facing the cross and stone altar. A fire ring area was cleared and more tree trunk benches rolled into place around it. Large limbs were cut, split and stacked for future campfires. A new bridge was constructed and the path will become cleared again as campers return there for worship!
…so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before the nations. (v. 11b)
Prayer: Dear God, in all we do, may we be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of (your) splendor. (v. 3b)
--Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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