Welcome to Camp Nazareth

Welcome to Camp Nazareth
Welcome to Camp Nazareth! This online journal is the official journal of Camp Nazareth Conference and Retreat Center. Over the years, many memories have been made here. Through this journal we hope to share with you the many wonderful moments from the many years at camp!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Butterflies and the night time skies: Observing Gods Creation

For those of you who have worked at camp, it's so easy to get lost in the program of camp. Thrown into a world of prayer, arts & crafts, hiking, sports activities and much more, we get lost in the Camp experience and sometimes forget to take a deep breath of Camp. What do I mean by that? 

The other day I decided to go on a short walk on the trails, just to get some fresh air. As I was walking, my mind was filled with memories of years ago and from just a few minutes prior to my walk. While on the trail, I wasn't paying much attention to the moment, but rather, reflecting on other moments. And then it hit me... a spider web that I couldn't see was suddenly wrapped around my face. This was a wakeup call to pay attention to the moment and be aware of my surroundings. 

The lesson is simple: While at Camp, take the time to step back and "smell the roses." While it's a good thing to get lost in Gods blessings to us, we should take the time to appreciate the blessings. Something as simple as a butterfly passing our line of sight is reason enough to look beyond the sports field and into the trees or up at the clouds. A single star in the sky is enough reason to look up into the cosmos and thank God for His blessings.

Are the clouds at camp any different than the clouds we see from the front porch of our home? No, not really. Are the trees at camp really that different from the trees in our back yard? No, not really. Are the stars at camp any different from the starts at home? No, not really. I mean, yes, they are different in a sense of maybe location and the specific type of tree and cloud, or the specific stars we are able to see. 

So what's really the difference? The difference is that at Camp we ultimately recognize God in everything we see. The approach toward beams of light hitting the forest floor is more than just the beauty of nature, but more importantly, the beauty of Gods creation. This outlook is nurtured through morning and evening prayers, faith enrichment sessions, evening services and conversations related to Christ and His Church.

So the next time you find yourself lost in the busyness of the day, take a moment to step out of the busyness and look at Gods beautiful creation. 

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