From atheist to disgustingly religious
Saying for the Day: Its's not what you know but who that really counts.
Its back to the artifact box and here we find one of those little books people sign at the end of camp. It is there to remind me of the end of my time as an atheist and the beginning of the journey that would bring me into the ministry.
The summer after I got confirmed one of my friends from confirmation talked me into going to Bible Camp.
His name was Karl Rundman .
He was not religious and the reason he felt we should go to Bible camp was because there were five girls there for every boy.
Those are great odds. I figured I could put up with the religious nonsense for a chance for romance. The way Karl described it we would swim with the girls, sit with them at evening campfires, and take evening walks to the baseball field.
So I went. The program was about as dull as I expected it to be.
But there was a Pastor.
An old Pastor who was different.
He didn’t talk about God as an idea.
He didn’t try to prove God.
He shared with us a God that was and had been for years a personal friend. This God was as real to him as the campers. I marveled at that.
There was a joy and a peace the guy had I had never seen in anybody.
I wanted what he had.
I told myself over and over that it was silly.
There is no God and so God can’t be his friend.
He can’t know what isn’t there.
But he did. He honestly loved God.
Then something happened which I can not explain. At some point during that week I stepped over the line and went from being an atheist to being disgustingly religious.
I didn’t want it to happen.
I did everything I could to keep it from happening .
I have no idea why it happened. (Boy I wish I did)
Lots of kids left that camp just the way they came but I didn’t.
Karl Rundman did . He ran into God later in his journey.
Suddenly there was a joy and a peace in my life beyond anything I had ever known. God was real and He loved me.
I still had no answer to Robert’s death.
But I did know that God had entered into our suffering and shared it with us.
Everything changed. I came home a different person.
My mother was horrified.
She hoped it would wear off.
But God was no longer an idea to be accepted or rejected.
God was a being that loved me and the journey to the pulpit had begun.
News from Pigeon Falls– the little town in my backyard– So far not a single person has found a copy of the constitution but a lot of people are looking. Eino decided that they should look through the old copies of “The Birdseed” from 1950 to 1962 since the constitution was published in the paper at that time. “The Birdseed” went out of business in 1985 and so the only bound and available copies are at the Museum. Eino got three council members to go with him and they started going through the volumes. That’s when they discovered that the volume for the first half of 1958 was missing. The museum people thought the collection was complete but that volume is missing, very strange. In any case they failed to find the constitution.
Plans are continuing for the great Father’s day race. Father’s come from all around to participate. So far there are 30 father’s registered. The committee is not sure how to rope off main street with no council to give them permission . Bill thinks they should just do and put a man with a baseball bat on each end to make sure that nobody drives through. I think he was kidding about the baseball bat. They do have one other problem. Robert Kellomaki wants to carry his father in the race. Robert is 57 and his dad is 89. He said years ago his dad carried him in a number of these races. They even won once. He still has the shirt that says “ My dad carried me to victory in Pigeon Falls.” The committee is considering his request.
No dead pigeons today and no white rabbit.
Nancy says the Kellors are planing to take advantage of Dr. Fortress’s trip to Disney World special. You know where they take the train to Iron Mountain and then fly to Orlando by way of Chicago. The only problem is their three Neapolitan mastiffs. These are huge dogs that look like they want to tear you limb from limb. The Romans used them to fight lions. Nobody wants to baby sit those dogs and there is no local kennel. Nancy is asking everybody that comes in if they would help out but so far no takers.
We pulled out the waterfalls again and started over again. I hope we get it right this time. We set off some fireworks this evening which my grandkids loved. (nothing illegal) Well I need a breathing treatment.
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