It’s striking to note that Jesus built much of his earthly ministry on telling stories, not on preaching sermons. He told parables that captured the hearts and imaginations of his disciples and came eye-to-eye with little children. Do you ever wonder what story truths he told them? Even in his sermons, he used imagery and comparison to help us better understand. On the road to Emmaus, he reminded the men of the true stories of the Old Testament that they already knew by heart – stories that pointed to the truth of a Savior. In so doing, he built their new found faith on the solid ground of shared history and turned their mourning to hope. Jesus loved a good story.
The author of Psalm 78 (ESV) exhorts his hearers to the same saying
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
We think it’s significant that this blog begins during the 100th year of Ceta ministry. It is sure that the founders could not have imagined a platform and reach so grand. God has blessed us with longevity not often seen in today’s world of the quick and the instant. If we’ve learned anything in these years at Ceta, it’s that the working of a camp takes the hands and feet of hundreds of people contributing in many areas, most of which remain unseen and unnoticed.
As we look at 100 years and beyond, we want to honor the tradition of faith building through story. Over the course of this year, we will highlight people who have made lasting contributions to the camp. If you know of anyone, or if you yourself have volunteered, worked, or served in any capacity, we want to hear that story. We won’t get to everyone on the blog but will make an effort to share as many stories as possible.
We don’t even mind traveling to meet you as time permits – just let us know. There’s something about a face-to-face encounter that enlivens our stories. Thank you for sharing – we are so grateful. We can’t wait to hear about the wonders the Lord has done!