We just had our final morning worship session with the entire camp. The presence of God came in a unique and powerful way. What middle-schoolers do you know that want more and more worship time? They get it. They know what the presence of God feels like, and they want more. My hope and prayer for them is that their entire lives, they remember what it was like to sit in the presence of God for a week. My prayer is that they will never settle for anything less than living every day alive in His presence.
I have seen campers and counselors for 16 years “re-enter” their regular lives. Many have made commitments to God here that have “stuck.” They are the ones who are changing their worlds for Jesus. They are missionaries, pastors, doctors, moms and dads…. I have also seen campers and counselors make tragic mistakes. Not all at once, but little by little, take steps away from Jesus until they end up in places they never imagined they would be. I can think of two who are in jail. I am remembering two girls who had babies just at the end of their 8th grade years. So many stories.
As we sang together this morning, I could not help but weeping. So much is riding on the decisions these kids make. I just prayed and prayed for them that they would continue to make their next right decision.
I think Isabelle caught on to the moment and felt the presence of God as well. She looked at me and said, “Mommy, do you think we can go back to Disney World?” I said, “I don’t know. We have to ask Jesus.” She closed her eyes and folded her hands. Then she said, MOM! He said YES!” Funny girl.