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Picture of Trinity Trinity Lutheran Church
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
(262) 377-0610

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 extremely flexible.

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 day.

We still didn't have power the next day, and ironically, the weather on Thursday was absolutely beautiful.

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.

Peace,

Pastor Brent