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Creating Beauty

I love to garden. Shrubs, flowers, trees – I love the shapes and colors, the textures and fragrances of each one and how they come together to make surprising and unexpected beauty. Being in my garden feeds my soul.

But gardens need care – weeding, pruning, dividing, and transplanting occur frequently. It’s part of the deal – part of the joy – at least most of the time.

When it comes to pruning and moving and removing, I am often ruthless. I have no remorse at significantly hacking a shrub back or moving it a few (dozen) times to get it just to the right spot. And when it gets too gangly or no longer complements the landscape, it gets put in a pot, shared with someone else, or sent to the compost pile.

My garden (my habitat, as my husband calls it) is constantly being adjusted – not because I am unhappy with it, but because I love it and bringing out the beauty that is there brings me joy.

Recently, I was sitting in the garden reflecting on this time in our lives – this pandemic season which has so altered our present – and to what degree we don’t know yet – our future. As I sat, a rose caught my attention and (squirrel!) I thought how it was time to put something different in that spot.

As the two thoughts came together, I literally caught my breath. “God is this what you are doing?” Pruning, weeding, transplanting – because you are creating something even more beautiful?” As He tends to us amidst the struggles and fears and pain in our world today, is He shaping us, changing us and rearranging us for His glory and our good?

I think so. Thankfully, God is more gentle and wise as a Gardener than I. He sees the whole picture, knows what we can endure and how to care for each one of us – even as He creates His beautiful landscape – for our good and to His glory.

Those thoughts don’t make this time easy, but they certainly give me hope. I hope they bring you hope as well.

“If you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water who waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:10-11

-Jeannie Patterson, Development Associate

The Generosity and Understanding of Jesus

Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. -Hebrews 4:16 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/heb.4.16.NLT Take time to listen to these words. Read, speak and own them. These words are for you and me. So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us ...

Blessings Big and Small

To see Warm Beach Camp empty at a time of year when it would normally be flooded with guests and campers is an odd sight. The past four months at the Camp have been challenging to say the least. Camp staff have made drastic adjustments at work to adapt to government requirements and the lack of revenue the Camp is experiencing. But, in all of this we have seen God’s blessing and provision every day. The blessings come in big ...

The Power of Community

Volunteers play a key role in the Warm Beach Camp community and have since its beginnings. In 2019 volunteers donated over 40,000 hours of their time to keep the grounds looking beautiful, to help run programs, to maintain the heard for horses, and so much more. Warm Beach Camp volunteers often come intending only to stay for a month or two but end up staying for years. When I ask them why, their reply is, “Because it feels like home.” “I volunteer at ...