Wednesday, June 16, 2010

food was the night.

Camp was rich and refreshing, three days of homemade donuts and driving through apple country and long walks and freezing cold mornings/afternoons/evenings. Camp was dragging myself out of bed at 5am (couldn't quite make it at 4.30am) to witness the thrashing of the Shockeroos (quote unquote my brother.) Camp was Saturday night Geeks and Glamours Parlour Games and skinning my knee because I got so caught up in the competition that I slid back to my group (where they were seated on the floor) on my knees. Over the carpet. In nylon stockings.Yeowch. (PS. I was a Geek, do you even need to ask? I dressed from my own wardrobe!) 

Camp was friends, family, everywhere, all the time- relaxed, full of love, full of gentleness. Camp was realising again how deeply blessed I am to be God's child in His family and in particular, this cluster of brothers and sisters who I get to hang out with every week. Camp was experiencing and realising once again how vast and deep and endless is the Father's love for us, how eternal His victory over death, how joyful we can be as His people, how Christians are called to be a people of His glory, radiating His love into the darkness in the world. 

Camp was also topknots with my YSICs.

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
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 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
   "For your sake we face death all day long;
      we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:15-17 & 28-39

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