Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.
In the Bible, we are often told to sing to the Lord, and even to each other. At least 33 Psalms have verses that say "Sing to the Lord." Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:19 to address one another with psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs.
Music is a big part of camp! We sing just about every time we gather. Some of our songs express what we believe about God. Some take words and stories straight out of the Bible and set them to music.
"Romans 16:19 says: Be excellent at what is good. Be innocent of evil."
"Our God is an awesome God!"
"Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true."
"His everlasting love is reaching out to me."
"Oh-h-h...the Lord is good to me."
"Hip-hip-hip-hippopotamus. Hip, Hip, Hooray, God made all of us!"
The same is true in our congregations.
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Early in the morning our songs shall rise to Thee."
"Joy to the world! The Lord has come!"
"Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!"
"My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness."
"We give Thee but thine own... All that we have is Thine, alone - a trust, O Lord, from Thee."
Have you noticed how music, words to songs, get "stuck" in your head? When we are immersed in a particular kind of music, those are the words that keep recurring in our minds. At camp most of our songs are about Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, and God's work in the world and in our lives. If you listen, while you're at camp, those are the songs campers are singing, even as they just walk from place to place with each other.
So, now, let's go beyond just singing the songs. Let's make a point of paying attention to what they're saying. As we sing, let's believe in the truth of the stories of Jesus, and God at work in our world. And let's share the stories we tell with our music in as many ways as we can.
One song we used to sing frequently is a prayer, a prayer I'd like to pray for each one of us, that it would be true in each of our lives:
"Father, grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts. And what we believe in our hearts, we may show forth in our lives!"
VLM Delegate, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hibbing
VLM Volunteer Extraordinaire since 1976