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.  

A lot can happen in a week. At camp, Sunday morning is a scramble to get everything ready for a new week with campers. Sundays bring excitement for the staff, and some nervous energy. That nervous energy can go through the roof when campers - and their parents - start showing up! The first day of camp is hectic, energetic, confusing, exciting, and overall just full of emotions!

Monday is different. On Monday, people build relationships to carry them through the week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, counselors and cabin groups can function as a team, and grow together. Thursday is the last full day, with elaborate camp games and meaningful worship. Campers go all out to create memories, to last them for months to come. Friday is a mix of emotions: excitement to see loved ones alongside sadness for this week that cannot be repeated. Parents are proud and surprised to see all the ways their children have grown.

A lot can happen in a week.

On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem as royalty, to cheering. But the mood changes quickly. Immediately after his triumphal entry, Jesus weeps and laments over Jerusalem. And then he gets mad. Jesus enters the Temple and drives out the people who are selling things there. That's day one. It's a hectic day of energy, excitement, confusion, and overall just full of emotions!

During rest of the week, Jesus teaches in the Temple... he tells parables, wins battles of wit, and denounces legal experts. Jesus describes a poor widow as blessed, while condemning the society that has sentenced her to poverty.

On Thursday evening, Jesus and the disciples share the Passover meal. One disciple betrays Jesus to the authorities, thereby ensuring his execution. Overnight Thursday to Friday, Jesus endures a strange trial in which no one wants to claim responsibility for executing him. Yet on Friday, Jesus is executed. He dies and is laid in a tomb. And his disciples don't know what to do.

A lot can happen in a week.

But the good news for us, as Christians, is that the execution is not the end of the story. On Easter Sunday, the tomb is found empty! And the celebration that began on Palm Sunday will return. As it does every Sunday, in church and at camp.

Thanks be to God.

-Katya Ouchakof
Co-Pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church
Madison, WI
VLM Summer Staff 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006