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.
"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish" -John 1:14 (The Message)
When I reflect on my time at camp the word that stands out to me is community. Word became flesh through my experience with the community of people God brought together my first summer on staff at VLM. I had never known a group of people that were so accepting of differences, devoted to real and meaningful relationships, and filled with such confident joy. It was obvious people felt welcome to be exactly who they were--who Christ created them to be. My experience in community that first summer at camp was life changing. That community of hilarious, strange, creative, unique and beloved individuals taught me not only how to love and serve others, but how to fully love myself. All of this a reflection of the power of Christ in community.
January is coming to a close, and I believe there are few better times of year to be reminded of the healing power of Christian community. The holiday season followed by weeks and months of cold weather, short days, and feelings of isolation can be a season of deep struggle for many.
And yet, Christ longs to pull us deeper into community with Himself and with others. To create spaces where the Holy Spirit can move among us and bring healing, comfort, acceptance, and joy. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them." We are reminded again and again in the Bible and in our lived experiences that we are created for relationship. As we gather in the regular communities we are a part of we are given the opportunity to be Christ to one another. To remind each other we are not alone, that we are loved, that we matter. As we open ourselves to provide that community for others, in return we ourselves are changed--a lesson so many of us learned at camp. As this Minnesota winter continues, let us pray for community where there is none, engage in community where we struggle to even show up, and be community to those who need it most.
Special Education Social Worker
Deer River, MN
VLM Summer Staff 2008-2010