Here is a devotional writing I'm going to share with the camp staff this week. I'm sharing it here so that you might know how it feels right now to work at Camp Mount Luther, especially in light of our 50th Birthday Celebration coming on Sunday.
Reading: Genesis 29: 13-14
He ran to meet him. When we got there, he gave him a big hug. He welcomed him into his house. They sat down, shared a meal, and talked about old times. They laughed together and cried together as they remembered days gone by.
The last paragraph could very well be a paraphrase of the scripture reading assigned for today. Or, it could be a story, telling about two camp friends who had not seen each other for a while.
By now, you probably feel strong bonds of friendship with your fellow camp staff. It’s typical of those who work in Christian camps. It’s also typical that when you see your camp friends after a prolonged absence, it will seem like you were together the day before.
Others may not understand what you experienced this summer and may not “get it.” They may wonder why you want to hang out with your “new friends.” They may wonder about some of the activities you talk about and question your enthusiasm for the work you did this summer. You may even respond to them with the phrase, ”It’s a camp thing- you wouldn’t get it.”
Camp friends are truly like family, who accept you for who you are and are a steadfast presence in your life. You may consider them to be some the greatest people you know. You might even feel closer to them than your cousins or your college friends. You know that you can trust them and that they will be there for you when you need them.
Many of you may be experiencing camp staff life for the first time. Hopefully in years to come, you will agree that the people you got to know this summer are some of your best people. And when you meet down the road, you’ll run out as Laban did, embracing Jacob, ready to catch up and share good times!
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