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.  

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. " -Matthew 28:19-20

This summer at camp we have been using the metaphor of the superhero for different aspects of our faith lives and how we can live that faith outside in the real world.  We read the campers the Great Commission at the end of the week as they go home with their families.  This passage used to trouble me, as I was afraid of being forceful with the word of God, as so much can go wrong when you try to force someone to believe or understand.  The superhero metaphor helps me understand the meanings behind Jesus' words.  Superheroes go through different phases and adopt different attitudes, but at their core they represent something: that people can be better.  This is exemplified by the very first superhero, Superman.  

Superman does great things, stops calamities, rescues planets, but the most memorable thing he does is rescue kittens out of trees.  He does not just focus on saving the world; he focuses on making the world better as a whole. He focuses on being good. In the comics and in the real world, people want to be like him, because he helps, and makes people better.  This is what the commission calls us to do. Not to lift planets with our faith, but to spread the gospel with our actions. Those tiny actions, the taking the kitten out of a tree, or helping to find a lost dog, those mean the world to people and are representative of the gospel of love that we were sent to live. Look at the world like Superman does.  Find those moments, any moment, when you can improve someone's life.  Carrying out those actions is sharing God's love at its very core.  You were created in God's image, and that image is forever fluid and changing, but it can be one of a superhero of love.

 

Paul Ahlberg

Hermantown, MN

Summer Staff 2013, 2014, 2015