Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Camp Songs.... of course!

One of my favorite activities at camp always involved a campfire. Sitting, talking, singing. There are several songs that have stuck with me through the years, written on my heart, or deep in my memory bank.

They all taught me something important about myself, or the art of living.

One of my very favorites is entitled, Today.

"Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine. I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine. A million tomorrows shall all pass away, e'er I forget all the joy that is mine, today...."

It was such a gift to me in the years that I was constantly living for the next moment! I'd rush right through what was going on, anticipating the next thing. What I didn't realized was that I was speeding through - without fully experiencing - the joy!

Another of my favorite songs was The Human Touch. It was a song that we used as part of a closing ceremony, whether it be the last day of camp, or the last song for the evening campfire.

It begins:

"It's the Human Touch in this world that counts, the touch of your hand in mine, that means far more to my fading heart than shelter, bread, and wine...."

It helped me to realize what is truly important in life - people. Loving each other. Be there for each other.

I pray that I remember the power of touch this week - and to cherish each moment with all of these children!

Thank You, God, for this opportunity!!

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