Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for July 2017
It was a warm and partly cloudy day when Ariana and I arrived at Pine Lake Lutheran
Camp in Waupaca, WI. This was the beginning of Confirmation camp for Ariana and some
time for me to spend with the kids and some time to relax and do some reading and other
quiet reflective activities. In the beginning, it was a little awkward for me because, while I wanted to spend a lot of time with Ariana, I also wanted her to experience camp in her own way, making friends and doing activities on her own. This week was for her. So, after
dinner the first night, I asked her how much she wanted me around. She told me to "do
whatever, Dad." So hopefully, I did enough things with her, but not too much to annoy her.
The weather sometimes cooperated and sometimes it didn't, but the kids just went along
with whatever the counselors told them to do -- play games inside or outside. They were
The first two days the kids were rather reserved for the most part, watching the counselors
do crazy activities and singing camp songs using their whole bodies. But, starting
Wednesday the kids began to loosen up and sing with their whole bodies too.
Every night we spent down by the lake for evening devotions, skits, and songs. It was
beautiful sitting on a hill overlooking the lake.
One of the highlights of nature for me was watching a bald eagle circling over the water. It
was pretty close too. We were swimming when I noticed a bird, a big bird, flying
close. The closer it got the better I was able to see its white head and tail feathers. As I
pointed to the eagle, the kids stopped what they were doing and watched this magnificent
animal circle and then drop to the water. It didn't get a fish, but rather it skimmed the
surface and flew away. I never get tired of seeing an eagle do that.
On the Wednesday afternoon around 2:30, we had a tornado watch. The counselors
directed the kids to the basements of two of the buildings. Often with powerful storms, the
electricity went out as the rain came in sheets sideways past our windows. The storm only
lasted for about 15 minutes, but in that time many trees had toppled over and power lines
were severed. We spent the night without power -- eating dried food at the dining hall.
The Camp Director along with the adults talked that evening and the Director decided to
cancel camp for the remainder of the week. So, phone calls were made to parents to pick
up their kids the next morning (Thursday). I had only two kids with me, so I called Maddie's
parents to let them know that I would be bringing Maddie to Immanuel at 1:00 the next
We still didn't have power the next day, and ironically, the weather on Thursday was
Even though we couldn't control the weather, we could control how we handled it. The kids
had fun despite 90 mile an hour winds and the heavy rain outside. The kids had fun
despite living without electricity. This is a lesson for all of us to learn and remember. God
is always with us even in the storms of our lives.