Evening Welcoming Shalom: Seasons
Pictured above: a quick look back at English Camp 2011
Intention for the Day:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
“Vše má svou chvíli, každá věc pod nebem má svůj čas.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (Kazatel 3:1)
Quote: “To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late”—Pete Seegar (“The Byrds”)
Moment of Stillness: Take 5 breaths at your own pace.
(If you need to count, try breathing in for 4 counts, holding for 4 counts, out for 4 counts and holding for 4 counts.)
One of the unique qualities of the Polička English Camp is how we have seen one another change and grow throughout many seasons of life. We have witnessed children of the camp becoming volunteers, young volunteers becoming adults, women and men getting married and having children, students becoming doctors or engineers, babies becoming campers, and so many other joyous events. We have also made connections to support one another through grief in the death of friends made during these journeys and through rough struggles of cancer, injuries, divorce, and other painful circumstances, like the pandemic.
This week we will be using the seasons of the year to help the kids learn English. We will also be seeking to encourage them that like seasons in the cycle of life, every story is a part of a bigger story and journey. When we tell our stories and listen to the stories of others, we gain a new perspective and join our stories together in a beautiful tapestry. How might you welcome the story of another, so that the person feels loved as you hold the good and the bad? Can we learn to greet the good without jealousy? Can we learn to greet the bad without a desire to fix?
Blessing and Challenge:
May you renew an old friendship and start a new one. May you find laughter beside the tears, and may you find an opportunity to dance!