We just recently had our Sacramento Camp Christmas Party. Not long before that we had a Chili Cook-off. Around that same time someone said it was the last dinner together in the Dining Hall for a long while. Which got me thinking about how strange our little community is. We go from every meal together during the summer to sparse and intentional get togethers in the winter. Our meeting times become less but perhaps sweeter because of their irregularity. If you have wondered what our year round staff does during the winters, well, we cook in our own homes and that means our every day friends become our every couple of weeks friends. Especially around holidays, some families leave town and it becomes a little sparse around here. Which is why we intentionally gather.
I love, love, love, getting to watch the camp kids grow up. Listen to them learn new words, watch them learn rules, watch them grow out of clothes that will be passed to other camp families. That happens while sitting around a table together, and that is the definition of community. I love the games we play that allow us to see the silly side of our more serious co-workers. And I love to hear laughter that is definitely shared every time we gather together. And while I couldn’t be in every conversation on the night of our Christmas party, I don’t think I heard about work matters once, and that is truly a scarce happening.
Community is important anywhere you might live, and it is especially while in an isolated area, where Sunday Sabbaths are not always observed. It is vitally important to share testimonies of good health, how the Lord is working, what new things have been learned, new blessings, struggles, and sad seasons. Every time we gather, I pray it is done for building one another up. When you gather, do it in love.
“What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”
1 Corinthians 14:26