Dear Windermere Friends,
Week 27 – Campfires
One of the things that comes with being at camp is the traditional – campfire. Windermere has campfire sites in five areas on our campus – Cedar Grove, the Vespers area, Lake View Dorm area, Spring Valley by the Trading Post and then the Amphitheater. In fact if you look at the campsite area we probably have plenty more sites. I love a good campfire.
What do you think about when you think of campfires? I think about….stories. I recall camp counselors who loved to tell stories. I have some favorite ones. There is nothing better than a good campfire story.
Have you heard the story called – Cats in the Wild West
One hot and dry day in the Wild West, this cat walks into a saloon and says, “Gimme something cold to drink”. Evidently this type of thing wasn’t too rare ’round those parts because the bartender said, “I’m sorry, but we don’t serve cats here”. The cat then took out a silver dollar, dropped it on the bar, and said, “look, I got money, and I want a cold drink”. This scene had the potential to get ugly. The bartender, getting a little irate, said one more time,”We do not serve cats here. Please leave”. The cat hissed, so the bartender pulled out a gun and shot the cat in the foot! The cat squealed, and ran out the door.
The next day, the swinging bar doors were tossed open and in walks the cat that had been in the saloon the day before. He was dressed all in black. A black cowboy hat, a black vest, three black cowboy boots and one black bandage. The cat looks around, waits for the talking to quiet down, and says,
“I’m lookin’ fer the man who shot my paw”. (Admit it, I know you chuckled).
A more reverent campfire memory is time sitting at a gentle campfire and just…listening. I find that my ears go through three stages at a campfire. Atfirst I don’t hear anything but me humming a song, unfolding a lawn chair or jingling my keys. Then, I stop moving and consciously listen to the noises around me. Everything gets real quiet. Finally, I begin to hear sounds both near and far away. I am amazed how much there is for me to hear if I just train myself to listen.
Our world is filled with noise. This noise can crowd out a deep relationship with Christ. As a true disciple I need to develop intimacy with Christ. Listening creates intimacy with Christ. By becoming more intimate with Christ we become more adept at listening to others. I find that this is when true ministry occurs.
One can learn a lot about being a Christ follower, just in sitting by a good campfire.
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It is always a pretty day at the lake.
John W. Bailey
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