Thursday, December 19, 2013

Camp is a Priceless Gift

As we inch closer to Christmas, it is a time that we all start thinking about, among other things, to gifts

I am always amazed that each year seems to go quicker than the one before. It is amazing, is it not?

Advent is a special time for Christians as we remember one of the greatest stories in history. And, wait. Wait on the baby in the manger, but also, as Christians living in a post resurrection age, we await the second coming as well and all the hope and joy it will bring. On the day God weaves together a new heaven and a new earth and all shall be well. (By the way, check out "Surprised by Hope" by N.T. Wright sometime).



Gift giving is a big part of Christmas. The wise men (I like to call them wise guys just for fun) gave gifts of course, and today we certainly, most of us anyway, enjoy the tradition of gift giving. But, the greatest gift of all was the gift of Jesus Christ. You may be familiar with the passage in Isaiah traditionally read around Christmas and Advent.

Isaiah 9:
2 The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
    and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
    when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
    you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
    the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
    and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
    will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

That is good news. That is a gift. 

We all at Covenant Heights hope that you can find time to rest and anticipate and wait this Advent season, and as Christmas arrives, celebrate with joy and gladness the baby, the Messiah, who died and rose again and will come again. 

And, just because we all love camp so much, we wanted to share a couple, "gift of camp" articles. And, also, invite you, if you are still online doing some shopping, to add the "Gift of Camp" to your list and support Covenant Heights! 

Articles that agree camp is a gift!
http://www.acacamps.org/media/story-ideas/gift-of-camp
http://www.washingtonparent.com/articles/camp_connection/0903_camp.php

God Bless You!


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