From the Pastor’s Desk
“And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the Lord has given to Israel. Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women, and all who could listen with understanding…He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday…and all the people were attentive to the book of the law…Then Ezra blessed the Lord the great God. And all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands; then they bowed down and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground…They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.” Nehemiah 8
I made a 441.5 mile road trip by myself the other day in our 2006 Chevy Suburban which seats eight people and one hamster. J My guess is 99.89% of the time I drive that outfit my wife, children or friends are riding along. It was indeed quiet and there is certainly a positive element to solitude, yet as I drove along I found myself lonely. Listening to the Minnesota Twins give up an “in the park” homerun to the Kansas City Royals just made me feel below .500. L
The reason I made this journey by myself was to get our camper and bring it to MonDakAda Family Bible Camp. My loneliness came to an end when I reached camp. I was greeted by my wife, 6 children, and 71 other MonDakAda Bible campers. Together 79 campers spend their mornings in a Bible study looking at God’s promises. Afternoons of recreation, such as ND state fair, hiking at Denbigh experimental forest, human battleship, zoo, nukem, canteen, and naps. Evenings spent hearing a message from God’s Word, popcorn, and campfire.
In the above Scripture passage I notice a family Bible camp whereby God gives the remedy for loneliness by providing an opportunity for the people to “gather as one man at the square.” There in the square men, women, boys and girls gathered to hear the Word of God being read. There in that square they took ample time “early morning to midday” to hear God’s Word. They were all attentive to the Word and responded with a repetition of the word Amen. Or in other words they heard, understood and were willing to let God’s Word be so in their daily lives.
I want to give my personal thank you for your past, present and future prayer and financial support of your Western North Dakota District Family Camp MonDakAda. I would also like to use this newsletter to encourage you to consider gathering at our “square” next summer for a day or two.
Meet you at the square,