In the grand scheme of things, we haven’t been here that long. My husband and I have spent three summers here at Sacramento ( that’s the way us camping people measure time) and this place has been here since 1931. We are still discovering more about the history of this place and those who have been here from the beginning. I recently found out about the mudslide that came through in 2002 after the fire the previous year. There have been many directors, and too-many-to-count summer staff. And thousands of guests, from ages one to ninety-two, have filled the beds and walked the grounds. It’s hard to fathom all the ways this place has grown and changed, expanded and extended to fit the demands of guests. This place has seen drought and harvest, famine and feast, quite literally, fire and refining, and God has seen fit to keep us around for one reason: it brings Him glory.

At the grand opening of the new Front Porch the song “ To God Be The Glory” was sung. This song praises God for his continued faithfulness to us, his redemption, his glory.

“Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,   Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,   Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
  And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.”

This hymn has been sung for generations now, and it words are clear, the Lord alone is worthy of praise, not the hands of man. It echoed through the building as we sung, as I’m sure it had from the first group of believers gathered in this place who probably sang this exact hymn. You know what we have still found to be true? God is still doing great things here, and God is still glorified. Because God has saved us, and is still saving us. And this ministry is still praising God.

To God Be The Glory, Fanny J. Crosby 1875.