MUSINGS FROM MIKE
I am noticing a theme in how some of you all are taking vacation time with your family and friends. You are saying, ‘We took the time to breathe and it was GREAT!’
I sure hear that and I have had plenty of times where I came home thinking that I needed a vacation to get over my vacation because I ran so hard and did so much.
Over and over again in the Bible God invites people to get away from their frantic activity and allow themselves to simply be and to listen for God’s voice in the quiet. Jesus often went away by himself to quiet places for prayer and communion with God.
I think it is happening to all of us. Life is getting louder, faster, and more complicated and times to breathe and figure things out are getting harder and harder to come by.
That is why I am smiling that a group of us at Butler UMC are working to bring back a part of the Aldersgate Center property back on line to support camping, picnics, and fun while at the same time allowing people to unplug and enjoy face to face conversation with other people who are unplugging.
The place is called Deitz Center and it is 20 acres located beside Swartswood Lake. It supports picnics, overnight camping, boating, sports and other activities. What it really does best is be a place where people can: Get Away; Slow Down; and Listen to God Speak.
Some beginning work on the facility has been done, but there is more to do and we want to extend the invitation to everyone who would like to come and experience the site on Saturday, September 21st. You can visit, participate in a project, and enjoy the beauty of this place that God uses to touch so many lives.
We can all join a movement to help ourselves calm down, unplug, and get in touch with the very best God has for us.