Even in our sleep

•September 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

“Even in our sleep,

pain which cannot forget falls

drop by drop upon the heart until,

in our own despair, against our will,

comes wisdom through the awful

grace of God.”

—Aeschylus

www.goodreads.com/quotes/481415-even-in-our-sleep-pain-which-cannot-forget-falls-drop

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Of Faith, Hope and Love

•August 22, 2018 • Leave a Comment

“Lord, I hear your call and follow. Help me! Holy Spirit, give me faith that will save me from despair and evils. Give me the love for God and other people that removes all hate and all bitterness; give me the hope that frees me from fear and despondency. Teach me to know Jesus Christ and to do his will.” —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (2007-09-04). I Want to Live These Days with You: A Year of Daily Devotions (p. 224). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

On the Frontier of Consciousness

•August 18, 2018 • Leave a Comment

www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-the-man-inside-a-wounded-policemans-life-on-the-frontier-of/

Grief, Camp, & Remembrance

•June 14, 2018 • Leave a Comment

“These were..people that shaped me, pushed me, and cared for me, as well as countless others. … In between..tears and laughter..shared. Grief was embraced and gaping wounds..given aid.”

“Grief, sadness, and heartache—things not often associated with camp—are nonetheless present in the lives of campers, retreat guests, volunteers, and staff. We can’t expect our campers to explore, grow, rest, and play without first reflecting on the weight they may carry to camp.”

“….grief is a healthy part of life and not something to be ignored.”

Camp Pyoca Blog

Written by Acting Executive Director, Mike Davis.

Last weekend, in the midst of a very busy retreat weekend at camp, volunteers young and old from near and far descended on the Pyoca grounds. They carried with them garden implements of every type, plants purchased and plucked from their own yards, and heavy hearts.

Days of service and volunteer projects are a common occurrence at Pyoca, but Saturday was different. As always, we worked to give back to the place where our lives have been changed, but we also worked to honor the saints who have gone before us. They helped to create this place, encouraged us to go Pyoca as retreat guests and campers, and mentored us every step of the way.

From the latter months of 2017 into early 2018, Pyoca lost two active board members and another retired board member. I was in utter shock and dismay announcing…

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InterVarsity Remembers Billy Graham | InterVarsity

•February 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Billy Graham partnered with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship many times during his life in order to bring the gospel message to college students.
— Read on intervarsity.org/news/intervarsity-remembers-billy-graham

‪”You cannot wait upon the faculty.‬

‪ ..upon older leaders. It is time for students to exert their leadership with all the enthusiasm and tremendous power they have. Give it all to Christ.”‬

‪—The Rev. Dr. @BillyGraham‬

‪@InterVarsityUSA‬

‪@UrbanaMissions ’57‬

As his legacy is now to be remembered upon entering into eternity with dearly loved ones in heaven, today I want to express gratitude, giving thanks to the praise of God’s glorious grace for the life, person and ministry of Billy Graham.

After college in NYC as an engineering student having participated with InterVarsity on campus, I felt led to rededicate my life to Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade. Later on while employed as a systems analyst doing business in the corporate workplace, I received training and was honored with the opportunity to volunteer in service as an evangelism and prayer counselor at another Billy Graham event rally in Pittsburgh.

When the invitation came toward the end of his message that day, the sight of thousands of people gathered and coming forward as they sensed the Spirit’s leading to commit their lives to Jesus was an awesome experience—such a blessing and privilege to personally share and bear witness to the love of the Lord our Savior and walk alongside person after person prayerfully receiving the free gift of God that is eternal life in Christ Jesus. To God alone be the glory.

‪—Rex Espiritu

The Great Ache

•June 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Joan Didion, in The Year of Magical Thinking, captures it: 

“Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.” 

(Pamela Cytrynbaum) @pamcyinjustice 

The Great Ache

For we have this hope

•March 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

As an anchor for our soul
You are with us
We will never be alone

https://itun.es/us/dx-h_?i=1059055056