O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our maker!
Every morning at camp, cabins of Chi Rhoers gather together for morning prayers. As candles are lit, this verse is read out loud together by campers and their counselors. Thinking about this, I wonder at how many campers have shared in this devotion through the years. Was this prayer liturgy, and this verse, used at the very beginning of Camp Christian's ministry? Even back in the days when there were 8 (yes, 8!) weeks of Chi Rho every summer?! Hundreds, even thousands, of campers, every morning for a week, every summer for generations, have begun a time of prayer in the morning seeking God's presence in that moment, and by extension for the entire day ahead of them. This is significant, really it is. If we call Camp Christian holy ground with straight faces, it can only be because we have joined together seeking God's presence, and God has answered our prayers by providing it.
In Lent, we all, just like the Chi Rhoers in the summer, kneel before the Lord our maker in worship. We kneel not as if we were compelled by an oppressive force, but as an expression of devotion to the One who embodies the seemingly great chasm between love and authority, between love and power. This is our God, who made us in love in order to love, and who then calls us to love as a reflection, an offering, of our devotion.
Today, my wish for you is that you become more aware of the love that draws you to your knees in worship. May this then draw you to give thanks for that love, and commit to share it with everyone you meet, everywhere you go.
Happy 26th birthday, Patricia! I love you, and I am so proud of you!!
Rev. Michael Doerr
Pastor, First Christian Church, Wauseon
Director, CYF Conference Week 2