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"We have nothing to offer each other, except a haven." — K. Nafziger



“Light dawns on a weary world”

I have just returned from Laurelville’s Music and Worship Leaders Retreat. This was the eighth time I’d attended, and every year is wonderful. (And every year, I always experience an emotional low on Monday, but you can’t have the low without the joy of the weekend.)

One highlight this year was learning the hymn, “Light Dawns on a Weary World”, with the hope of Isaiah 55 at the conclusion:

We shall go out with joy, and be led forth in peace,
As all the world in wonder echoes shalom.

(If there are song leaders among my readers, you’ll be interested in Mary Louise Bringle’s story of the hymn text.)

Here’s another little taste from the weekend:

(My people.)


Summer camp fun

Sugar time (2015)

Yesterday, with this forecast for the coming days…

Maple sugaring time has arrived!
Maple sugaring time has arrived!

…we dashed out to tap our favorite sugar maple trees.

Large sugar maple

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Jesus shows up at the oddest times

As a quick aside before I get into this post, I confess that I’ve neglected my blog. At the very least, I had hoped to record some of the highlights of the second half of 2014, like the wondrous days that Ordinary Spouse and I spent birding in September to celebrate our anniversary. Ah, well – I’ve got to start again somewhere. Here are some thoughts as I sit in the camp office on a Friday night.

This past weekend, I had a guest (at Laurelville) tell me that, throughout the course of the weekend, I had been the face of Christ to her. Talk about hearing something that will go to your head! There was only one problem – the only reason I was able to minister to her is that we had messed up. We hadn’t provided for her needs when she arrived at the beginning of the weekend. I didn’t do anything special – I was only fixing what should have been done in the first place. And so, her gracious thanks humbled me. I might have been slightly teary as I remembered…

It is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

II Corinthians 4. 6-7

I try to extend love and hospitality by first recognizing the image of God in the faces of the guests. And if I manage to get that right, it’s never clear to me which way the ministry is going.

Hospes venit, Christus venit.

June 2, 2014
The newest member of maintenance
May 30, 2014
The mountain laurel are in bloom
May 29, 2014
We make the path by walking

Middle Daughter and I (nearly) finished work on the Laurelville labyrinth this evening, just before sunset.

May 23, 2014
Sunset Hill
May 15, 2014
Jacob’s Creek in the spring rain

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