God is laughing right now. God is laughing because God knows I love sports and God knows that as a kid I never really liked camp. With those two experiences in conflict, I find myself at St. Sebastian’s Sports Camp (Session II) and completely loving sports and camp!
The wonderful counselors at Sebastian’s Sports Camp repeat a phrase quite often: “Be open to outcomes.” With that, I put my “type A” personality aside and have committed to being fully present to the needs of the community in whatever moment we find ourselves. Chaplain’s time and worship time are constantly evolving as our communal place on the mountain evolves too.
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.
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.