Where Else Would He Go?



Every year at about this time Hempfield COB hosts a day camp for our “Special Friends” from Friendship Community, which ministers to adults with developmental disabilities. From Monday to Friday, the campers enjoy crafts, music, programs and a hilarious visit from Pastor Milt Stoltzfus (a.k.a. Dr. Wendell Weatherbeezzz). Lots of people volunteer their time and energy to make this event possible and as I pass through John Naas Hall I am literally surrounded by the hands and feet of Christ. It's awesome!

Watching the campers, I ask myself the same question as last year: If Jesus had a couple of hours to spend on this earth, where else would he go than here? Remember how he first described his mission in Luke?

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Here are bodies that are broken, minds that don't process things in the way that the world expects, and a dependence that most of us will never experience. But from these broken bodies routinely come shouts of joy and laughter. From these minds come pure, undiluted expressions of joy and faith. And from this dependence comes a living model of how we are supposed to be living our own lives in the care of the Good Shepherd. One of the helpers commented yesterday that he envies his camper buddy. Why? Because his camper has a simple, childlike faith that does not have to fight its way to the surface through a morass of intellect, knowledge and a deluded perception of self-worth. Jesus spoke to this dynamic when he said “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

Adam and Eve were doing great until they knew too much. And it's not that knowledge is bad--it's just that it can put up detours on the highway God is trying to build from the throne to our hearts. It's like a national Christian counseling conference that a friend attended, during which one of the keynote speakers got up and said, “don't let your education and training get in the way of what the Holy Spirit wants to do.” Then he sat down. That might go down as one of the best keynote addresses in history.

That's all for now—Doctor Weatherbeezzz is coming in a few minutes and I don't want to miss him. I think Pastor Milt is exactly where he is supposed to be in this world. And where is that?

Right next to the people who are right next to Jesus.

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I shared this with one of the girls at work and she loved it. She's been looking for a church home and said that she may want to try ours sometime soon. Thanks for the great reminder that we need to be more child-like in our faith.

June 25, 2010 - 10:33
Reply to Kris

Thanks everyone. Sometimes we get hung up trying to be so brilliant and insightful...then we see a ministry like Special Friends and the heart of Jesus comes into clearer focus.

June 28, 2010 - 04:07

Kent, Well written. The message and emotion are surely there for the taking.

June 22, 2010 - 07:36

Kent, Well written. The message and emotion are surely there for the taking.

June 22, 2010 - 07:36

Kent, Well written. The message and emotion are surely there for the taking.

June 22, 2010 - 07:36

Kent, Thanx again for an inspirational devotion. In the past, I helped with Special Friends Camp and it always was a Joy and a blast! Your devotion reminds me that I must be more childlike in my promise to Jesus Christ.

Claire Lincoln
June 19, 2010 - 06:45

thanks Pat. Your daughter was one among many who served with such love and joy. It was truly inspiring!

June 18, 2010 - 15:39

Makes me wish I was there! Kent has captured the essence of service - yet again.

Pat Cox
June 18, 2010 - 08:42
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