When I was a boy scout back in the day, one of my favorite things to do was to go to Winter Camp. I was living in northern Minnesota at the time, and we did Winter Camp up at Camp Wilderness, near Park Rapids. We’d all pack into a little log cabin with a wood stove, play cards, go sledding, and enjoy a weekend away with the guys. However, one year we were all challenged to participate in the Polar Bear Challenge—an activity where you and another scout would build an igloo and attempt to sleep in it overnight. I spent a few hours constructing a temporary home with one of my best buds, Elliot. Once the sun went down, we hauled our sleeping bags in and hunkered down for the night. It’s apparent that architecture was never my calling, ESPECIALLY igloo architecture, so believe me when I say Elliot and I almost froze to death on that cold, February, Minnesotan night. It was awful. We huddled together for warmth and tried our best to tough it out. But finally, after what seemed like forever, we could see the sun peaking up over the horizon and we knew we had conquered the challenge. That moment of triumph made all the pain WORTH IT.

Sometimes I go through seasons, where I feel like I did back on that night at Winter Camp. I feel hopeless, frozen, stuck in place. I think we all get into places in our lives when we feel that way. This is a normal part of life for all of us. It may be your job, or a family situation, or a relationship that’s being strained, or just BUSY-ness in general. But we’ve all been there. It’s in times like these, however, that I think it’s important to remember and focus on the fact that the sun is going to peak over the horizon. Hopelessness, pain, anger and those cold feelings are easily thawed by the warmth of a relationship with those around you—with a relationship with Christ.

If you’re feeling like you’re in a cold, dark place, I encourage you to find your way to ELC. Let us warm you up and be reminders of the sun’s rising—the Son’s Rising. Cold nights seem like they’ll never end, but I promise they do!

Dan Bock
Children, Youth, & Family Minister

TED Grove Cafe 2016

Contact Dan
cell: 701-412-1695
church: 303-674-4654

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