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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, ponder, and pray with us.  

 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God- not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life." -Ephesians 2: 8-10

We were built for this! Living intentionality within the grace of God.

I completed my 3 month sabbatical on October 1st. It was a wonderful time of renewal and reflection. I was also able to spend some time doing things that I don't normally have time to do. My family and I went on a family vacation out west. I did a lot more gardening than I normally get to do in the summer. I also spent some time at North House Folk School volunteering.

The world moves so fast around us. It is easy to get lost if we are not intentional. The whole summer could have very easily gone by just sitting on the couch eating chips and watching my favorite shows. Although, there was some of that - it was rest as well!  Early on, I looked at my three months time and laid out some plans. Some were intentionally detailed, like laying out gardens as well as designing and building a tree house for my children. Some were intentionally wide open. When my family and I left for our trip out west, we had no plans of when we would return or even a route planned - it was very hard for this executive! But I was intentional in saving blocks of time for things I wanted to accomplish. I made lists. I was intentional. I was focused. And things got done.  

The second chapter of Ephesians reminds how grace is intentional, that it is for us and it is not the result of anything that we did or can do. Often I have ended there. Washed by the wonderful and intentional grace of God reaching out to me, I forget that because of this wonderful gift I get to go out and respond. 

"For we are what God made us"

We are sent out to be that grace for others. We were built for this! These verses are our instruction manual for family, for community, and for ministry. We are "created in Christ Jesus for good works". This is intentional ministry that we are called into and get to be part of - the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

While at the folk school, I learned a lot - timber framing, baking in a wood-fired oven, and black ash basket weaving - hopefully we can do more of these things at camp now! It is wonderful to bring something like scraps of wood together to make a beautiful and functional basket. Like that sturdy and useful basket, so too are we all gathered together and built to do useful things. Lee Dybvig, our master paddle builder at camp tells everyone who crafts a bent-shaft paddle that, "this is not meant to sit on a mantle. This creation is meant to be put to work." It is time that we are intentional as we get to work sharing God's grace. 


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See you at camp, 
Joel Abenth
Executive Director, VLM


Our world can use a little bit more of what we were built for - living and sharing God's grace.