By The Rev. Chris Miller
With openness to outcomes, we have also set a goal for the week. Our goal for the week is to embody a three-fold love: Love of Self, Love of Neighbor, Love of God.
Today we focused on Love of Self. There are so many things in this world that can make us not love ourselves. There is self-doubt, there is bullying, there is a lack of trust in who we are…these are just a few of the problems that stand in our way of loving ourselves.
As the evening approached, we ate dinner and then made our way to the labyrinth. Cabin One (nicknamed Cabin Fun!) planned and offered one of the most supportive, love-focused worship services I have ever experienced. We walked the labyrinth in silence with one camper reading Psalm 1 aloud. Then we sang some songs, read about how we are all created in the image of God and that we are all good (Genesis 1:26-31), and had some time to reflect on what helps and hinders our love of self.
One camper spoke up and said that walking the labyrinth was helpful for his comprehension of loving himself. He said that life makes us turn back and forth, up and down, and side to side. There may be times when we don’t even know where we are going. With all those twists and turns, the labyrinth still took each and every one of us back to the center. He referred to the center as our “high point.” Indeed, the center of that labyrinth was a high point for St. Sebastian’s Sports Camp tonight because we are reminded that at our center, at our core, we are beloved children of God. If you are reading from afar, whenever you stumble upon this blog post, I encourage you to spend your next day intentionally practicing Love of Self. You might be amazed at how near you are to your high point.
Let us pray:
“Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.” (BCP, 833)
Good night from Shrine Mont.
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