When I think of the early morning I remember the summer of 2009, I was the naturalist at Camp Blue Diamond and roomed with Craig the lifeguard. Every morning Craig had to get up and go down to the lake to oversee 7 AM polar bear swimming. It was a voluntary activity for everyone but him, the campers won an award if they attended enough times. That summer, I decided to go every single day possible, something I continued the rest of my summers at camp. I loved our quiet walks down. We were both groggy and quiet, (no coffee till after the swim) the only sound was that of nature and our flip-flops. Sometimes we had to wait 5-10 minutes for the others to arrive, the two of us sitting quietly on a retaining wall watching the lake quietly mist in the rising early sun. The matinal stillness imploring us to just be… until we all ran screaming into the lake and sang our traditional song at the top of our lungs.
Spiritual Practices, exercises for the mind, heart, and soul
Caring for your spiritual wellbeing is often the last thing on our list, but it is important! I would like to challenge you to find a way to engage regularly, and want to offer up some possibilities.
I often like to put myself in a biblical person’s space. Sometimes we know a lot about a character, we can get a feel for their character through multiple stories, or we can borrow from what we know from other sources. Other times we can take from our own experiences and read them into the tale. Take some time and rewrite a story from the Bible, ponder Samson’s search for love, explore Saul’s motivations, or live Esther’s fear and bravery. Draw connections between your lived experience and theirs’. Perhaps you will be better able to see God in your daily life.