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.  

Follow

[Jesus said] "When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers." - John 10:4-5

I just had the honor of joining the summer staff at Camp Vermilion for their Day Camp training session several years ago. We were taught a fantastic game to use on day camp called "Simon". We sat in a circle and sent the "Detective" away until we picked a "Simon" who would begin an action in the circle. The rest of the group would copy whatever action Simon did and it was the job of the Detective to figure out who the Simon was!

It was so fun to do all the silly things that Simon chose and especially cool to hear our unison clapping echoed throughout camp. The leader tied this activity to how we follow Jesus. When we follow Jesus, we do the things that he did. He loved others - even those he didn't get along with. He made life better for people through healing, teaching, forgiving and comforting. These are things that we are called to do as well. The great thing is - we're not creating the wheel - meaning that Jesus has already gone before us to show us how to do these things. We are the students, or disciples, carrying on his ministry for the sake of God's world. Important stuff. When this feels too overwhelming, I remember the words of one man who said, "only by the grace of God go I."

Teacher, show me how to follow you. Give me the courage to keep following when it's not popular. Give me the wisdom to keep following when I think my way is better. Give me the heart to see how your love expands through every act of compassion. I entrust my life to you. Amen.

Faithful travels everyone,

Pastor Lisa Buchanan

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River

VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011

*Reprinted from The Knapsack June 5, 2012