Grace Enough For TodayPosted by Andy
Today marks the two week anniversary of our evacuation from Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp. Two weeks of life on the road, of life without a home. Two weeks where many of our staff have been without most of their clothing, belongings, cell phones, wallets, and cars. Two weeks of living day to day.
Today marks the start of the Flagstaff fire outside of Boulder. It also marks a major expansion of the Waldo fire on the northwest side of Colorado Springs. Tonight the Waldo fire is actively burning into dense areas of homes and businesses, where many will lose everything.
Days like today are hard. They are days of questions, confusion, heartbreak, and loss.
As we live out the Sky Ranch summer theme of Everyday Grace, we are reminded, today and everyday, of the giftedness of life – the overwhelming, all encompassing, ever flowing love and beauty of God in community and creation. We are reminded that through Christ, life and love are stronger than death and destruction. We are reminded that even as we mourn, we have hope . . . hope for new life, hope for transformation, hope for a new day.
So even on days like these, we give thanks – for the safety of our staff, guests, and campers; for the courage and wisdom of those fighting the fire; for the compassion of neighbors and strangers alike; and, especially in moments like these, for peace that transcends all understanding.
For now, we continue to share the joy of camp and the Sky Ranch ministry that means so much to all of us.
Life in 30 AD
It’s another bright and sunny day at our camp away from Sky Ranch. As I sit here on the porch of the Retreat Center at Highlands Camp, campers and staff are on the ball field playing group games and just came from an afternoon of crafts, hikes, and other fun camp activities.
Last night, as a part of our Confirmation Intensive programming, roman soldiers came and kidnapped all the youth directors (pictured above), which led into a fantastic, nearly camp-wide game of Romans and Christians. As I was trying to lead a group of campers past some roman soldiers, a camper told me this was the best time he has ever had at camp. The culmination of the game was a worship in a hidden area which gave a feeling of secrecy from the roman soldiers. At the end of the worship, news came that Stephen (being played by Jeff Kelty) had been stoned. In a wonderful confusion of realities, one boy could be heard saying, “But Stephen was my ride home.”
This morning, when we continued with the Confirmation Intensive programming, the youth directors returned to the campers and told them about Saul who was persecuting all of the Christians. When Saul appeared, he plead his case about how Christ had changed his heart and how he changed his name to Paul. It was such a great moment for the campers and staff to witness and live out the grace God bestows on even the least of us.
The Sky Ranch staff has continually amazed me by their ability to make camp happen wonderfully and smoothly regardless of the difficulties that have come up. It’s been amazing to see the Confirmation Intensive program come to life after nearly a year spent planning it with the other youth directors and pastors from the participating congregations. It wouldn’t be half as great as it has been without this Sky Ranch staff.
- Chris Stuberg, Off Site Coordinator