This Sunday, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dedication Day of Camp Mount Luther, we will hear the story of the Transfiguration of our Lord. It is one of my favorite stories, because it reminds me of camp. Here is a reflection on that story. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Reading: Luke 9: 28-36
Did you ever think that this story of the Transfiguration of Jesus is actually a Biblical example of a camping experience? Think about it. Several campers and friends, Peter, James, and John, hiked with their camp counselor leader, Jesus, up a mountain. They needed to get away. They needed to go to a place set apart to be transformed and rejuvenated in their work as disciples.
When they got to the mountain camp, they prayed, and while they were there they saw God. Two other men talked, Moses and Elijah, who were faith figures of times past. Faith came alive to these campers, just like it does to campers today through skits, stories, songs and study.
Peter wanted to truly set up camp that day by putting up tents and having an overnight camping experience. He and the campers were sleepy. Sound familiar? But then, their priorities were changed as God bellowed from the heavens and they heard His voice saying, “This is My beloved Son. Fear Him!”
In the last 50 years, many campers have come to Camp Mount Luther and had a mountaintop experience. They've experienced God. Where do they find God in everyday life? You may be surprised that just as the disciples saw and heard God on the Mount of Transfiguration, you will see God in places you’d never expect! And hopefully, unlike the early disciples, you will share with others that experience!
will go home and share camp with their friends and family.
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