One of the things that happens at the Golden Retreat is that we laugh. A lot! We can be in the midst of the most serious Bible discussion one minute, and just a single comment will have us roaring the next. It is indeed good to be glad and rejoice. Camp is like that in a lot of ways, since we tend to leave behind patterns that tie us down in other situations. Several memories were shared from the days when worship was very restrained: no laughing, no children talking, dress appropriately, sit still and be quiet!
Our thoughts on this psalm led us to thinking that, while there is always something to be said for the idea of Luther’s “good order,” maybe we need to also remind ourselves to rejoice once in a while. Outdoor ministry has a lot to offer because there is a balance in finding joy in God’s judgment and wisdom, and also a unique opportunity to pass that on to the next generation. God’s greatness is not only found in the quiet and peaceful moments contemplating nature and God’s word, but also in the joyous sounds made when we celebrate our awesome God.
Lord, help us to not only see you in the solemn moments of quiet contemplation, but also to see your joy in us through our laughter. Amen. — LGR