October 10 to 13, 2002
The first retreat held at Camp Blue Ridge (CBR) last year (2001) was timely. In spite of the saddest events of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, we still attended the spiritual retreat at CBR. We all needed to be away from the busy city.
Twenty-three people attended the CBR last year, and this year thirty-six people attended the retreat.
Again, the retreat this year (October 10-13) was timely, and helped us get a much needed spiritual rest because a sniper had just recently killed 9 innocent people in the Washington, D.C. area. It was such blessing to know that CBR was a wonderful spiritual uplifting event to most of the campers.
The people said that it was good to be at the CBR to get the spiritual food to help them to get through with another tough year. It was good to have CBR supporting many campers in the fall.
Elder Paul Kelly gave a series of spiritual sermons. The series Elder Kelly gave were titled, "Refreshing My Down Times", "Refreshing My Guilty Times" and "The Day God Eavesdropped."
The campers really enjoyed and benefited from Elder Kelly's sermons. He spoke of the love of God and His caring of His people on earth. God Himself wants so much to have you all in heaven. Let us give our lives to Him and prepare ourselves for His glorious coming soon.
It was such blessing to know that CBR was a wonderful spiritual uplifting event to most of the campers.
Sabbath afternoon, most of the campers had a enjoyable hike in the woods. Some went canoeing. The youth seemed to enjoy the activities the most, as they used up their energies.
One person said that hiking in the woods gave them time to think about God's great handiwork. That was what the Sabbath is all about!
Elder David Trexler gave a very meaningful sermonette for the footwashing and Communion (Lord's Supper) at the close of Sabbath. It was the best moment to give ourselves to God once more.
Afterwards, we had a wonderful candlelight service and campfire on Saturday night. We passed around candles to each of the campers. The candlelight is the symbol of having the Holy Spirit in our lives. Once we lit the first candle, that was used to light the second person's candle. This was done from camper to camper until all the campers had lit their candle.
Then there was a solemn moment as we thought to ourselves about giving our lives to Jesus Christ with the help of the great Holy Spirit.
Then we brought the candles up high above our heads and it was bright among us. We took turns to pray to God individually.
After the service ended, it immediately became foggy. God performed another miracle by holding back the fog until we had finished our service - just like last year when He held back the wind until we finished our service.
Sunday morning, all the campers were busy cleaning the cabins before we ate a good hearty breakfast. Then all too soon it was time to leave CBR in the early afternoon. But we had good and uplifted feelings and blessings from this wonderful retreat.
All the campers are looking forward to coming back to CBR again next year. Overall, it was wonderful and memorable.
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