I just passed the halfway point of my intern Summer with the wonderful community at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, Kansas. over the past few weeks, and hopefully moving forward, I have become increasingly comfortable with my role and adapting to how different camps operate. This comfort has allowed me to step beyond being worried about the ins and outs of daily life at camp and allows me to work on what I’ve been called to do. In doing so I’ve reached a spiritual high. If I were to relate where I am right now in the summer to the ordinary week at camp it is almost Thursday. Thursday is when communities come together, everyone feels safe sharing, and the tears start flowing. To put it simply – I love Thursdays!
What I want from this moment is to be able to bottle it, to be able to take a small sip of this fabulous spiritual Felix Felicis and pull it out whenever I need it. Sadly, this is not an option. What I have done instead is an activity that I have seen at a number of camps this Summer, I wrote myself a letter. This letter will be sent to me in about 6 months, when I am as far away from church camps as I can be. I will get one little envelope of peace, kindness, and joy to brighten what will most likely be a gloomy Winter day in western New York.
I’m writing to encourage you to do the same. Find a spiritual or emotional high and write about. write what you feel called to do, how you’ve never been as happy before, where you want to be when you get this letter, and a word of encouragement. Create a way to get future you out of a slump!
My favorite Tall Oaks twist to this activity was the notes that were also included from others. Everyone in your small group wrote you a few sentences to help you recall your own spiritual high and how you’ve helped them. The kicker is, I haven’t seen those yet and won’t see them until they arrive keeping my personal letter company. They’ve created an ongoing sense of excitement for what I’ll get to see when I need it the most.