|The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. |
This is everything. And because this is everything, I lack nothing.
People who say such things, and increasingly mean them, know the most important truth in life: God is enough. In the darkest of days, this God, our God, my God, the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, is enough.
Everything in him is mine. And everything is mine in him.
Everything in me is his. And everything is his in me.
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
The above is a quotation from J.D. Walt reflecting on the first verse of Psalm 23. This past summer with our staff we used Psalm 23 to reflect on what we had studied together. Going into our summer, we were not able to do what we had originally planned- which was to run our normal summer camps. Upon closure of our camps, one thing we did was take the opportunity before us to spend time with 6-8 of our summer coordinators for 6 weeks. We decided to focus a deeper look at the overarching story of the Bible.
We spent mornings and evenings in readings, video, reflection, discussion, and prayer. The reason was to have a fuller understanding of the story of God. To see our history as part of Israel’s history. To see God working behind the scenes to shape the most wondrous story. A story of restoration with His creation. One that sees all His promises come to fruition in the person of Jesus. To make our “good news” the good news that Jesus told, which was that the Kingdom has arrived, He is the King, and that if we trust in Him, we will find forgiveness of sins, and become a new creation living under His reign, in His Kingdom. A kingdom shaped by peace and justice, rooted in love. It is this vision that we want to see come to our families, towns, cities, and our province! So, together, through Word and Spirit, we took time to get to know God’s story, His character, to let it shape and transform our lives...and hopefully be able to increasingly say “The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing”.
According to them, some of the takeaways for these leaders was the opportunity to learn, share, be vulnerable, and grow together in a safe environment. It was a time to solidify faith. See how the biblical stories are threaded together. A recognition that they have been saved into a community. That salvation is first personal, but always communal. Also, a deeper understanding of how the Spirit works in our lives and that we are a new creation!
I have to say, I have thought about this exceptional group daily since they left. They come to mind in prayer, in readings, or just simply when I look at the waterfront and remember them laughing, making their way from water skiing to the evening session. I felt very blessed to live life for a few weeks with Sam, Caleb, Kevin, Zosia, Charlotte, Emma, Emma, and Emma (Yes, there were three Emma's)! This winter they have influence from PEI to BC, and south to Texas. They bring light to the darkness. Please pray with me that the Lord will continue to shape and transform their lives as they live out His vision for this world!