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July 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Old and Tired

For the first time in several years, I took part in church camp last week.  Our group  was wonderful to be with and the kids were great.  It was my first experience at Preteen Camp(#DSBC2017), and an experience it was.  Sharing a dorm, showers, and toilet with 30 other people, most of who were pre-teen boys, is something words just can't describe.  While it was very enjoyable and a tremendous blessing to see God work in the hearts of students, it didn't take long for me to be reminded that I'm not 25 anymore.  I don't move quite like I used to and more importantly, I don't recover near as quick.  Fortunately, the kids seemed to get less excitable as the week went on as well.  The last night of camp, I had the pleasure of having two of my children resting their heads on my shoulders.  At one point, Toby, our cuddler, crawled up in my lap and lay his head on my chest.  This was such a sweet moment for me, especially since I know how quickly the day is coming when he won't have the desire to do it any more.(Or he'll be too big and then it would be awkward and painful)  As I sat there treasuring up the moment in my heart, I thought about our heavenly Father.  When those days come that exhaust us and we feel as if we can't go on, He is there to hold us and let us feel the strength and comfort of His mighty, loving arms.  His word tells us that His burden is easy and His yoke is light.  He beckons for all who are weak and heavy ladened to come unto Him and enjoy peace and rest.  Just as I enjoyed holding Toby, so does our Father enjoy holding His children.  So next time you've had a hard day or many hard days, remember  you can come to the altar and find the Father's arms are opened wide.


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