Monday, May 17, 2010


Let me tell you a story. In our lives, we are tested by circumstances. Do we yield to those circumstances or do we grow with them?When we get hurt, or have a misfortune,we have to decide do we sit or move forward? Yesterday, I struggled with the decision not to attend church. I, felt I needed time for myself to reflect about Who I AM, What I want to do with my life since retiring, and prepare for today's direction. Out of tragedy, Good can be found At times, we can't see nor want to see the good we can gain from our losses and hurts. Sunday, my new friend, Shelia and I drove about 45 minutes from our homes to go to a camp. You could hear children laughing. What's so special about this? This was Camp Magik.Camp Magik, was inspired by a woman in Ga. who saw the need to help children who lost a parent or someone else through death. This camp is offered for a weekend, several times during the year. It is supported by a no.of agencies and groups. There is no cost to the families for their child or children to attend. Staff members are a nurse, social workers,Hospice Workers as well as some parents and volunteers. Throughout the weekend, children laugh, cry, talk about their loss of their loved one through death. Children, can be a "hard nut to crack", and keep their grief within themselves. Camp Magik, allows all of the children to have a sense of belonging to an unfortunate yet fortunate group of children and adults with a common issue--DEATH. Children play, make memory books, cry, laugh and share to others. Shelia and I, are volunteers with a local HOSPIC.This Hospice worked in conjunction with Camp Magik to sponsor this weekend event.As we continue to discover who we are and what do we want to do with our lives, we can always try to remember that out of loss, hurt, Good, can can be a reward. Sunday, Shelia and myself, And other adults felt the reward of seeing children and families work toward rebuilding their lives as a result of death . At the end of the day, we didn't feel bad about not going to church as the day spent in this environment was like being in church and doing what was right. For information on Camp Magik go to their website Reflect in looking at your life, has any good evolved from something you felt was challenging, whether because of death, loss of a job, moving to another city?


  1. Now who said church had to be in a church building? sandie

  2. that Camp Majik sounds really neat! I bet it is so helpful for children affected by death; neat that you help out with it and neat that someone started it.

    I have had a lot of good things happen in the midst of challenges; I think God continues to use those challenges to mold me into the person he wants me to be.

    For me, and this is only me, I really enjoy going to church, singing worship songs, being with fellow believers, hearing the Word taught. For me I'm always at church on the weekend; this past two we missed because we were traveling and I really missed that time. But that is just me :)


  3. It sounds like a great camp - with a greater purpose! So wonderful for people to do something like that to help others.

  4. This camp sounds like such a blessing! There should be more than one in every state! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. I'll be honest and say my mind is too boggled right now to have read this whole post but I got the gist of it and it sounds like a wonderful place. Mostly I wanted to come thank you for the kind words you left in my comments.

  6. What beautiful thoughts. If we are open we learn from every place in the universe.
    Thank you,

  7. I step into my church everytime i step outside.
    The definition of "church" is many different things to many people. And none is wrong.
    I think it's wonderful that you chose to go to the camp, a beautiful way to show your love and faith.
    Good for you.

  8. Sounds like a wonderful ministry for those children. I'm glad that you were able to go and help out! I'm sure that you were blessed by it just as much as they were!


  9. That IS a wonderful ministry, and you were in a type of church... Working for the Lord wherever you are... Showing HIS love to others always brings you closer to God.

    I love going to our regular church most of the time, but God is with me wherever I go, and sometimes He has other work on that day. Church, to me is like going to visit with family with God as the Father. His "family" is spread out in other places too, so visiting with out extended family is fine with Him, I believe.

    Thanks for coming over and visiting with us at Corgi Country! I also have a blog called "A Country Grammy's Walk With God" if you'd like to stop by sometime.

    I love your story that you shared in your profile and what I've seen skimming through a few of your back posts, and I see we have several mutual friends! Grammy from Corgi Country