the thread remains

Both wonderful and dreadful is the coming and going of many amazing people in our camp world. Getting to know, hear the stories of, be challenged by such diverse people always puts me in awe of how God works intimately and intricately with His people, for His people and through His people. A tapestry of beauty.Stones-at-whisper-mountain-3 More than thirty years ago, Marty and Patti met Dennis and Corrie Stone at college. Time carried on, paths went different ways, and life got busy as it always does. They kept in sparse contact over the years, until last year when the Stones (who are both teachers) wondered if they could come serve with us for the summer. Corrie became our cook (bless her!)Stones-at-whisper-mountain-2 (this summer's kitchen crew!)

and Dennis became our help in grounds & general maintenance!Stones-at-whisper-mountain-1 (this summer's maintenance crew)

I think I speak for us all when I say that they blessed our socks off as we served with them and got to (re)know them! As this summer approached we were excited to hear they wanted to give their time and energy for the month of June! You know those people that you can pick right back up where you left off, as if you never said goodbye? Like they are part of the family? That's how it is with the Stones.  We laughed with them, struggled with them, shared our world with them! Not too challenging to feel at home with them! Stones-at-whisper-mountain-4What is dreadful about feeling at home with people is the saying goodbye. Today we said goodbye to these most humble, fun and generous people!  Stones-at-whisper-mountain-5
Stones-at-whisper-mountain-6 But all wrapped up in the dreadful is the wonderful! In their going they have left us to soak up the love they shared, hearts to make God famous, encouragement through having watched them pour themselves out with no thought to themselves. They have left that scarlet thread that never really leaves our tapestries, but continues to weave us together in the family of God until that day when we never say goodbye again!

Threads and Chias

 
Hanging-by-ropeEver felt like you were just hanging on by a thread?  When I've felt like that I've often wondered if the thread was someone praying for me!

Too often overlooked or underemployed, prayer is often the lifeline we can offer someone in need!  I have found our staff is unified, carried, encouraged in our times of prayer together. Shaun and I know that those "supporters" who pray for us regularly are the muscle that allow us to keep on keeping on! As a ministry, we each realize that those who pray for us are fighting the spiritual battles that allow us to be an effective tool for God's kingdom! Hands-on-prayer
I've been having a nudging toward the pursuit of a deeper prayer life in my heart lately! It takes work, battling in prayer, staying focused, carving out the time…at least in my experience…but I do believe that the benefits always outweigh anything that might feel like great effort! 

A couple encouragements along those lines (both for me and anyone happening upon this space today!)

 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Prov 15:19)

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Lk 5:16)

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers
and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him
from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission
. (Heb 5:7)

While you're at it, don't forget to pray for him:Chia-obama
(At camp, we have a Chia Obama 🙂 as our reminder to pray for our President and all those in leadership!)