Reading: Proverbs 22: 6 (Click to read text)
Reflection: During staff training in June, we were blessed with two fawns at camp. One day, they appeared in the field, frolicking around. They were there all day, just playing with one another. We even got some photographs!
We wondered around supper time whether their mother had abandoned them. We were concerned for their well-being. Then, mom appeared. It was as if she went off for the day to see if the little ones could survive on their own. She came back and off they went.
Throughout the summer, they appeared many times, and we got to watch them grow up during the course of a few months. Just recently, I drove into camp and there was a family of deer at our new Gaga Ball Pit. I wondered if they were the same little ones we’d seen all summer. It looked like they played a game of Gaga Ball, because one of the deer was actually in the pit, appearing victorious!
I watched these fawns intently this summer and pondered raising children. Since my kids are young, I took some lessons from these deer. You need to teach your children how to be on their own, but they need to know that you will be close by. And, you need to spend time and play together, building the bonds of family.
If you do that, you will indeed achieve what our psalmist reminds us today. They will not stray. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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