"A Nation In Need"
Proverbs 14:34 "Righteous exalted a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."
We start our camp meeting Sunday. The theme is
A Nation in Need.
It officially starts Monday night but people start coming in Sunday.
I am not going to really comment on our Nation. I'll leave that for the preachers. I want to tell you what camp meetings have meant to me.
I don't remember missing but one and I was expecting our son.
I look back over the years and I can see what it has done in my life.
I remember months before camp would come I would start sewing.
Our camp meetings were outside under a big tabernacle. Saw dust trails! Home made benches and altar and podium.
There were cabins and dorms all over the place. Campers pulling in. I know it was hot weather but it did not matter to us. We were not use to air conditioners back then. It was during those meetings that help us to get our feet down spiritually. It was a time when the Lord would honor us with His Presence and encouraged the saints.
We would hear praying in the night coming from the Tabernacle.
The older saints set the example.
As I was a teen ager~ I remember the young people out under the tabernacle praying. I remember we were praying for a certain young person that the Lord was dealing with. Finally around midnight the evangelist came over to us and told us to go and get some rest, the Lord had heard our prayer. During the night in the wee hours of the morning we heard shouting and praising God.
Someone came and told us that the young gentleman was under such conviction that he got the other boys in the dorm up to pray with him. You can imagine the sleep we got.
I probably could tell you a lot more but I am going to fast forward.
I was sixteen and had met a young man. He was at that camp. When we all were back home he starting writing to me. His Dad was a pastor in North Louisiana. We wrote and he would call me once in a while. This went on until we graduated from high school.
He came down for my graduation and needless to say ~he proposed to me the evening before. That was March 31. We got married the following November.
Then we started our little family in church and going to camp meetings. They grew up knowing the shouts of the saints as we did.
We still look forward to camp meeting. It is a little different now.
No, it's a lot different! We now have air conditioned buildings
and dining hall. I can't say I miss the heat! I surely don't. It gets mighty hot here in South Louisiana.
We do need to pray for our nation as well. We are surely in need.
But we have a God!