Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Advent 2015

"Light Up the Sky"

 

             While I was in college my summers were consumed by working at a Methodist summer camp called Camp Wanake.  As I look back on those times I feel thankful and blessed for all the things I experienced during those months.  However, my entry into the summer camp world was not exactly as I might have chosen.  I interviewed for two jobs:  one was to be music director at a Farm Bureau summer camp and the other was for the counselor position at Camp Wanake.  As a music education major, you could guess which one I really wanted.  God, however, had a different plan for me.

               After reluctantly accepting the position, I showed up to Wanake with the goal of getting the summer over with as quickly as possible.  The first few weeks were filled with staff training where I got to know several people, many of whom I still keep in contact with today.  One of those people was John Henderson, who would become a good friend   of mine.

              Each week we were assigned a group of campers (3rd-12th grade), a type of camp program (go-karts, nomads, road rules, etc.), and a co-counselor.  Halfway through the summer John and I were co-counselors for an all-boys, go-kart camp.  We spent our week go-karting, swimming, cooking over a fire, studying the bible, singing fun songs, and creating some really funny inside jokes.

            On the last night of camp, John and I were planning our final Pow-Wow.  We wanted to let the boys know that while our time together was coming to an end, we must carry the light of God out into the world and share it with everyone.  We passed out candles to each of the boys, but had one candle lit to start which we told them represented the light of God.  We then proceeded to light each of our candles, but only with the help of another person.  During the candle-lighting John and I sang the song "Go Light Your World" by Chris Rice, thinking it appropriate for what we were trying to share with our campers.  We got to the lyrics that said, "So let's raise our candles and light up the sky..." and the boys (without being prompted) raised their candles up and began swaying side-to-side.  It was in this moment that I knew God was doing good things through me at Camp Wanake.  I was sharing his light with these boys, which they could then pass on to others.

            In this holiday season it is important to remember that even though we do not always know the right thing to do, God does.  Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge.

 

Cause we are a family whose hearts are blazing
So let's raise our candles and light up the sky
Praying to our Father, in the name of Jesus

Make us a beacon in darkest times.

- John Pollock

 

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