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All the eggs, all the eggs are broken!

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When you’re the only one in the swim area with pockets, you get asked to hold onto a lot of stuff: glasses, watches, and this week, an egg. That’s right; an egg.

Just before swim time, some of the campers had chosen Egg Drop as their afternoon activity. This camper was super excited that her egg survived the drop, so she brought it with her to the next activity. But it’s hard to swim with a raw egg, so she asked me to hold and protect it for her.

A few days later, another group of campers did an Egg Drop, and they were all successful in protecting their eggs. They then tried to break their eggs by throwing them at nearby trees. Never before in my life have I seen a raw egg bounce. But apparently if there is enough undergrowth, or maybe it was the damp soil, the eggs were not breaking when they hit the ground. So my role was to retrieve the unbroken eggs for another attempt.

If you had asked me even just a year ago, I would never have guessed that in a single week, my job would have included both protecting an egg and ensuring the destruction of other eggs.

It seems like such a contrast. Protect this egg; destroy those eggs. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reminds us that there is a time for such opposite activities. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together. A time to get and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to cast away.

But really, in both of these camp experiences, counselors were doing what they do best. They get to know each camper as an individual, with their own likes and dislikes, abilities and struggles, joys and sorrows. Because every camper we meet brings with them a different life history, but every one of them will experience the love and grace of God while they are with us.

We joke sometimes that camp is a little bit like the 1980s sitcom Cheers. It’s a place where everybody knows your name. Where people are genuinely glad to see you. Where whether you are having a good day, or a rough day, people will gather around you with love and encouragement.

May it be so. Amen.