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. 

Point to Jesus

But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. -1 Peter 3:15 NET

On the last day of camp, the theme of the day is usually about telling others about Jesus or telling others how you experienced God at camp. That can be very difficult and intimidating for some campers to do, especially when they're still trying to process the spiritual changes they just experienced. I remember hearing a camper get frustrated when she went back to school because she wanted everyone to have experienced what she just experienced and her friends didn't. And they didn't quite get why she was so excited and hopeful about life.

The early church had a similar problem - how do we tell other people about Jesus when others might not be ready or willing to hear (or in the case of the early church...what if they kill us?)? Peter is writing to the exiles scattered all over the place when he suggests: people are going to see how Christ makes a difference in your life, so when people ask, point to Jesus. When people wonder why you have hope during a rough situation or why you don't do drugs because you know your life is a blessing and meaningful, point to Jesus. The living Christ changes how we live because of his presence with us and his teachings that orient us to life in the kingdom. So when others wonder why you love, why you forgive, why you accept others just as they are, point to Jesus, our teacher and Savior. 

Jesus, be with me today as I seek to live my life in you. Give me the people and opportunities that will grow me into your disciple and help me to point to you when people ask about the hope I possess. Amen.

Faithful travels everyone,
Pastor Lisa Buchanan

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River

VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011

*Reprinted from The Knapsack September 6, 2011