Community at Confirmation Camp
This past weekend was our annual confirmation camp where the youth of our church go away for the weekend to prepare for their upcoming confirmation service.
We were extra lucky this year as the farm that we were staying on does not have access to electricity (although I don't think lucky would be the word that our youth would use when describing that fact). But it was a great opportunity to set aside all of the distractions that come with constantly being glued to our electronic devices and focus on connecting with God and each other.
Spending a few days in the wilderness, away from technology and the busyness of life, was truly refreshing for my soul. I have always enjoyed withdrawing to a still, private place for an occasional spiritual retreat, but I was reminded this weekend of the value of good community.
One of the biggest things that the COVID pandemic has robbed us of is regular, deep connection with others. Yes, we can experience community virtually and some might even argue that online church has helped us to connect with each other in ways that were not possible before. As a natural introvert, I can certainly agree with this.
But there is something special about sitting next to another human being and looking them in the eyes as you listen to their stories and share your own. There is something life-giving about breaking bread and sharing a meal together around the same table.
I hope that you are able to experience life-giving community in your own life, whether that is virtually or physically, with family or friends, at your church or your work. Human beings were created for community and we are all better off when we can experience the many benefits that being a part of a life-giving community can give.
"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
- Hebrews 10:24-25