Flickering light from the bonfire ripples across the water and dances on the opposite canyon wall. It lights up the still solemn faces of campers and counselors. The bonfire is an Echo Valley once-a-session tradition and we’ve gathered here in the late evening for a time of worship and prayer.
It’s Crosstalk night at Echo Valley. This night is the spiritual turning point of each session. The Round Up, usually a lively and wild event, is tonight more subdued and focused. Worship and prayer take the place of games and skits, and the message by one of the Central Staff members is of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
After Round Up, each person goes off by him or herself to be alone with the Lord. Then we all come together by the waterfront to watch the bonfire, look at the stars, or just close our eyes in reverence. Hunter Beauchamp leads in some songs of worship with his guitar.
“This moment is about God,” he reminds us. “It’s not about the fire or whatever might be going on in your life. Right now, this is about worshiping him.”
I know that Crosstalk can be an emotional high in the midst of a very energized two weeks. It’s tempting to simply let that emotion carry me, enjoy this time as a “spiritual experience,” and then walk away internally unchanged. This is a struggle I’m sure everyone here shares.
Still, I have hope that the Holy Spirit is at work among our hearts tonight. He is faithful beyond our understanding of the word and he is in love with every single one of us. At these thoughts, peace fills my spirit and tears of joy fill my eyes. Above, the stars shine brightly as we sing and God smiles down on his children.