Isaiah 43: 19a – “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
The past month has been a busy one for Camp DeWolfe. On January 20-22, over 30 campers came to Camp DeWolfe for our 4th annual Winter Camp! We had a ton of fun, experienced some great fellowship, and enjoyed playing games, challenging ourselves, and worshiping God through song, prayer and the Eucharist! We learned from Isaiah 43, from the beauty and power of God’s creation, and from the Disney movie Cars that God can do new things in our lives. Campers went home hearing that God can move in their ever-day lives, and that God’s movement asks for our response as Christ’s hands and feet in this world.
In addition to Winter Camp a couple of weeks ago, this past weekend was our adult retreat, Listening to God. This retreat, too, used Isaiah 43 to listen for what new things God wanted to do in our lives. Using the structure of Isaiah 43: 16-21 as a guide, participants got to spend time reflecting on what God has done already, meeting God in the present moment, and submitting our future desires to God’s gracious design. Participants went home with a few more tools in their toolkit for living an intentional, considered, and considerate life led by the Holy Spirit.
Father John McGinty shared the Eucharist with both groups and he reminded us that God did not create just once, but is eternally creating. That means every moment there God is doing something new. The challenge is the second part of that sentence, “Do you not perceive it?” It’s a busy time of year with Super Bowl parties, school activities, preparing for Lent, and more. Please, in your busyness, do not forget to take the time in prayer, worship, and fellowship to look for what newness God is bringing into your life. You will be glad you did.