Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.
Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
(Psalm 19:1-4, The Message)
Thanks to the generosity of Woody and Lynn, our family campout was a great success, with 14 of us sleeping overnight and a couple dozen more joining in for food and activities Friday and Saturday. One of the events was a scavenger hunt around the ranch, looking for five kinds of grass, a flower, a caterpillar, and so on, along with something each member of the team found to be “a treasure.”
It seemed like the whole two days were a treasure hunt, really.
French fries that were 10 minutes from whole potato to hot and salty, eaten outdoors… tell me that’s not a treasure! Standing with friends in the deep dark prairie as Bill Walters pointed out an endless web of stories over our heads… a treasure. Chuy and Braxen each hitting the end of a cucumber with an arrow, moments apart, after trying for half an hour… a treasure. Woody explaining how water is filtered through the soil into the aquifer under our feet and then pumped up by wind power for the cattle to drink… best-tasting water ever is a treasure. Retelling the creation story from Genesis and painting our own blue green planet under the sun… “it was very good,” a treasure.
But perhaps the biggest discovery of the weekend was summed up by one of the scavenger hunt teams who said, “Our treasured thing is doing this with each other.”
With each other. This is where we find meaning and beauty. In togetherness. What can you do with your people this month? I have some ideas… Children’s Sunday school has started again, and Oct. 18 is Children’s Sabbath, with Bibles for kindergarten and fourth grade students. Youth group meets Sunday nights at 7:00, and will go to Lamberts’ farm for pumpkins and bonfire on Oct. 18. First Church women are studying “Come to the Waters” on Oct. 15 at 11:30. We look at the science of the current climate debate in the context of our Biblical call to stewardship on Thursday nights at 7:00. Worship is a coming together of the whole community, with meals afterward on Oct. 4 and 25.