The Campfire Leader

October 3, 1999
by Mary Daniel

Psalm 37:24 – Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (KJV)

Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (KJV)

At a recent family reunion, we had a ninety year age span: the youngest was two, the eldest, ninety-two. One talented cousin had brought along her portable keyboard, as well as songsheets full of the usual campfire songs, familiar old tunes and traditional hymns. For the first evening singsong, choices were called out randomly and the loudest voice usually determined which number we would sing.

The following and last evening, her younger brother and family had joined us, and what a difference! He jumped in with great gusto and took charge, his enthusiasm and energy easily enveloping us. He divided us into groups so that those songs intended to be sung as rounds, were. For impact and inflection, he thrust his fist into the air with such force, his feet lifted from the soles of his sandals. He brought forth duos, quartets, and a children's choir. His hand motions gently guided us to raise or lower our voices as needed. Under his direction, we gave it our all, we sang from our hearts. Our spirits soared; our souls were soothed. In the soft, knowing facial expressions of our elders, I was given a glimpse of the peaceful satisfaction that music, faith and family transcend time and generations.

Something else our campfire leader unknowingly showed me was the difference between leading a life on our own as opposed to letting the Lord lead our lives. Yes, we may think we're okay making our way from day to day on our own, but when we recognize and accept that all power is given to us from Him, we experience oh, so much more under His direction.

Prayer: Our heavenly Father, it is under your direction that we are gently guided through our ups and downs. It is through you that we experience all that you would have us become. Let us let you lead our lives. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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