April 6

by Rick Mark
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  1 John 4:7-8

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

Changing times require changing approaches.  This is true with our spiritual and devotional lives as well.  April 2nd marked the beginning a virtual “coffee hour” for members of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church.  Thanks to the omni present Zoom app approximately 22 members joined online or by phone.  I could see and hear my St. Tim’s family, but remain socially distanced at the same time.  What a great feeling to be connected to again.  
Conversation seemed awkward at first.  During part of our time together, we were split into small groups (maybe not small enough), and each group had a facilitator.  The first question was, “tell us something about yourself that most of us may not know”.  Great question.
For those reading this devotional, most of you don’t know I was a Director of Outdoor Ministries at Red Willow Bible Camp, Binford, ND.  Many of you also do not know I grew up in North Dakota. I digress.  

Sheltering at home allows us to take “imaginary” trips–either forward in time, or back in time.  As I thought of my camp ministry experiences, I remembered singing every evening around a campfire.  If Bible camps are part of your history, you know the majority of songs are faith based and often include scripture.  Many Bible verses I first memorized, were because of camp songs.  The verses above were put to music and sung around many campfires. 

Whether we gather as Christians around a campfire or gather as Christians by Zoom, God’s intent is to gather us in community.  Once there, we can be supportive of one another.  We need that support now more than ever.  Join us on Thursday morning if you can.  Or sing Christian songs with your family or by yourself.  Do whatever it takes to stay connected–to God and to one another.

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