Reading: Psalm 23 (Click to read text)
Reflection: I was driving on Route 45, on my way to camp to start another work day. It was the fall after my first summer as director. As with all new jobs, it takes about a year to get acclimated to new responsibilities. I was just getting used to the slower pace of the fall camp season, anticipating my first opportunity the following month to network with colleagues at our annual conference.
I scanned the radio dial. The morning deejay, who usually was telling crazy stories and doing silly voices, had a more subdued tone. I listened intently and found out planes had crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City. And then, a report that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. I thought, “What is going on?”
Today is a day that we all pause to remember what went on that day. Since I was at camp all day, it was not until that evening when I arrived home that I saw the first images of the destruction. I remembered visiting that site with my scout troop in my younger days, standing on the observation deck that overlooked the city. That observation deck was rubble. The lives of families all across the world changed that beautiful September morning.
In the midst of the rubble, the smoke, the terror stood our God. Evil was not to be feared because God was with us all. God’s rod and staff comforted us that day. As we have seen all week in our texts for Sunday, we need to be on the lookout for God, especially when there are days like September 11, 2001. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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