Posé

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.  

 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:6

Living at camp year round I see many groups come to camp. In the summer, campers come to camp, go on trail, or go to day camp. Our staff spend time with the campers, teaching them songs, prayers, and helping them study their faith. They learn to meet all of their needs: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Then their session ends and they go home. The same thing occurs with retreats. We will have a great weekend visiting and getting to know each other better, then we all part ways. It is easy to view camp as short periods of time that begin and end. After ten summers I know the impact camp can have on the lives of those who attend. However, I am a visual learner. I like to see things first hand, and it's easy for me to forget those things that happen outside my experience. 

This summer my nephew came to camp for the first time. As most of our conversations revolve around video games and TV shows, I wasn't sure how much he would enjoy his "unplugged" time at camp. Then we made a campfire in his backyard. While making s'mores a magical thing happened. Suddenly he couldn't stop talking about his time at camp. He told me about fishing, canoeing, the songs he sang, and all about the camp rouser and cheer. He also told me about how ready he was to come back to camp next year. It made me realize how guilty I was of separating time at camp from time after camp.

It often feels like we live in a world that is broken into segments. We do one thing until it is complete then move on to the next. What my time with my nephew reminded me is that our work doesn't simply end as we move on. When we use our lives to do God's work, He continues working even as we move forward.

 

-Grant Winter   

Director of Adventure Ministries 

Grant@VLMcamps.org