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.  

December in Minnesota is dark.  The sun sets at what seems like mid-day and when you get done with work you are driving home without it.  If you're like me, between the cold weather and the lack of sunlight you have limited time to appreciate the
outdoors during these winter months.  

Working at camp one learns many things about oneself and faith.  An important lesson for me was cultivating an awareness of what surrounds us.  I remember with fondness those times sitting outside with campers discussing how God gives meaning to the still small voices around us.  I would encourage the campers to sit and be in God's great north woods.  The wind, lakes, and trees may seem like everyday occurrences, objects that may be somewhat interesting but serve no real intrinsic purpose.   But a summer at camp will teach you that this is not the case.  

God's still small voice is everywhere and that voice ultimately leads you to experience the seemingly mundane in your life as not only meaningful but sacred.  The wind, lakes and trees give life and the small interactions that we have with the world around us can cause us to look past ourselves to something deeper.

I remember this as I drive home in the dark of December.  I look out the window of my car and see the trees that line the streets and the snow falling on the road.  I remember God's still small voice acts in everyday life, in the light of day and the dark of night (or in this case late afternoon).  Some days I may be too distracted to remember, but others I am struck by what I learned during those summers as a camp counselor.  That God works most profoundly in the small, seemingly insignificant parts of each day.  In the kind words shared with a neighbor or in the midst of gridlock traffic.  These little pieces of our lives that fly by are exceptionally important because they are now.  The meaning found by simply being present in these moments both ordinary and sacred, bring me peace.

-Rich Holleque

Youth Minister at Cambridge Lutheran Church
Cambridge, Minnesota
VLM Summer Staff 2008, 2009, 2010