Hello Swamp Blog Readers!
I hope you've had a great week, and I hope you've had a chance to sign up for Swamp's 25th Anniversary Celebration. If you haven't yet, the link is at the bottom of this page, along with a camp memory from one of our alumni.
This week camp has really been on my heart. I've been missing pretty much everything about camp from sharing laughs with campers to singing at singing devotionals to soul talks with friends I would trust my life with. The environment at camp is something that is extremely special and rare. It is easy to see why many of us call it our safe haven or a little taste of Heaven.
But, what makes camp so special? What moves our hearts to be open and vulnerable in our conversations? What makes us able to lose our inhibitions and feel so free to be ourselves? I believe it is the love we feel and the people we are surrounded by. And, ultimately, I believe it is The Spirit of God.
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
-2 Corinthians 3:17
While it is impossible to completely understand The Spirit, it is pretty easy to know when we feel The Spirit. When we are at camp, we are surrounded by people who are striving to create an environment in which everyone feels safe and loved, while having the chance to freely pursue God. We open up the stage for God to move, and, thus He does. This enables us to experience an incredible freedom. It can cause us to see God or a certain scripture in a new way. It can make us laugh so freely that we cry. It can make us feel happiness and love like never before.
Holding onto memories from camp can fuel our faith and remind us of the way God intended life with Him to be. It also reminds us that The Spirit is powerful and able to move in all kinds of situations if we allow Him. The Bible even says God is very present when people come together in His name.
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
-Matthew 18:20 (NASB)
This week I hope you are able to remember those camp memories and the freedom God's Spirit gives. Maybe you will even create a new memory with God. Remember, He is never far from any of us!
This Week's Swamp Alumni Moment: Sam Heigerick (Athens, GA)
"I have so many great memories at the swamp, so it is hard to choose one. However, whenever I think of the swamp, I typically think about the counselors who made a huge impact in my life. I laugh because, for whatever reason, Steven VanBuren almost always ended up being my counselor. Looking back now though, I absolutely believe God put him in my life at that time. I think the biggest thing that I remember about Steven was that he always made me feel that he believed in me. I am so grateful that God has put him in my life. Even to this day, he is a great friend, mentor, and continues to always believe in me."
Much Love & Respect,
October 29, 2017
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