First, what a cool shirt! Congrats! I wish I could earn one of those by attending. Man, the chance to attend the camp AND get that shirt would be awesome!
You certainly don’t need MY approval… and as much as I would like to be an attendee, I am not in a position to attend anyway - but I am going to say this anyway… after watching the video as an unaffected but empathetic observer.
I am darned PROUD of you!
I can see your suffering in your video! Frankly, it is touching on so many levels… and for sure, you are correct that despite your own personal efforts to make the occasion awesome (had it proceeded), this whole situation would have affected the event in countless ways despite your efforts to overcome them… there are just too many outside your control.
This is a tough time but you know, we can actually try to make the most of the “downtime” by digging deeper into Bible Study (for those of us who enjoy reading the Bible, that is) or perhaps quiet reflection… well, aside from the fact that I’m sure you have so much more logistics and planning now to do becuase of the rescheduling.
I am sure you have spent more time, effort and struggle in making this advised and difficult choice to postpone. This speaks to your caring and your character.
This situation certainly is unprecedented (aside from the Tornado you endured besides) and all we can do is support each other in the faith of brighter days to come when all this passes.
You know, it reminds me of that Andy Griffith show where the Traveller (Malcolm Tucker, I still remember!) has his car break down in Mayberry on a weekend. He was in such a hurry to get where he was going… he fought the reality of accepting that Mayberry simply slowed down… honoring Sunday as a day of rest.
When at last, he accepted and realized that his mad pace was bulldozing his own life away in reflection as Andy and Barn sing the hymn “Church in the Wildwood” in the background on the front porch. At the end of the show, he decided to stay an extra night - just to have the mechanic double-check that the car was safe… an obvious excuse to stay and relax in Mayberry.
If we must, let us grow wiser in this time of reflection where we are being forced to pull back!
July (my B-Day month also) will be here in the blink of an eye… and God Willin’, this will be a nothing more than a “Remember when…” memory.
Until then, those who are fortunate enough to go will have been granted more practice time and a fantastic summer event to enjoy where Nashville will also be at its’ active best with shows and hot weather.
Keep the faith and know that I, for one, feel we (site members) are fortunate and blessed to have such a thoughtful teacher!
God Bless… in faith of the brighter days to come.