I have spent the last few day shaking the saw dust out of my shoes and getting my household back in order. I have one load of laundry yet to do and I have finally made it to the grocery store to restock the pantry. Alas I know have to start actually cooking nightly meals for my family again.
It is always with a small amount of bitter sweetness when campmeeting draws to a close.
This year was no exception.
As we were standing in line for our supper on Friday evening I talked with friends about how sad we all were that it was Friday, yet how tired those of us who stay for the entire week are by Fridays closing communion.
It’s a good tired though.
It get’s said every year “This has been the best campmeeting that we have ever had!” but how can that be?
It can be the best every year because God is simply amazing!
Our preacher was wonderful, Rev. Royeese Stowe was insightful, down to earth and filled with the Holy Spirit as she opened the Word of God to us each night. She was also a hoot, I can’t recall a Campmeeting filled with so much laughter as we listened to her stores.
The weather was abnormally cool for July, praise Jesus!!!
Normally it always hits in the nineties and even a few days where the temp's hit in the hundreds.
But not this week.
God had mercy upon us and we were visited with some of the coolest evenings that I can remember in my 15 years of participation. There were several nights when we were wrapped up in blankets as we enjoyed the evening talking into the night.
There are several things that as the time passes I hope will never change about campmeeting.
We sang those old hymns, you remember them.
That’s just to name a few.
I can’t seem to get theses sweet melodies out of my head.
I know most of the chorus by heart but the sweetest thing to watch are the saint of our community.
One afternoon the participants of the Older Adult Ministry sponsored by our church came to the morning worship service. The participants of Grace Arbor, that is what this ministry is called, focused on those who have Alzheimer's and other memory issues.
It was amazing to sit across from them and watch as their faces light up as the familiar notes found their ears. Alzheimer's may have taken it’s toll in many painful ways but what I noticed was that most of saints in attendance never one glanced down at their song books. The words came quietly out of there mouths like an old friend.
Campmeeting has a few other time worn traditions as well, aside from wonderful preaching and familiar old hymns.
It would not be campmeeting without the covered dish suppers.
We had Fried Chicken, BBQ, Homemade Green Beans with Ham, Deviled Eggs, Sliced Tomatoes, Cucumber Salad, any kind of casserole you can possibly think off, Corn Pudding, Squash Casserole, Broccoli Casserole, Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, Hash Brown Casserole, Baked Beans, then we move on to the clod summer salads, the Cabbage Crunch (one of my personal Campmeeting favorites), the Pasta Salads, the Potato Salad, the cold marinated 3 Bean Salad, the Layered Salads, Broccoli Salad with Raisin and Bacon, Jell-O Salads, Watermelon, Cantaloupe and on and on and on and on and then if this is not enough there is the…..
YES…an entre table just for desserts!
Homemade Pound Cake, Banana Pudding, Pecan Pie, Brownies, Cheeses Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peach Cobbler, Blueberry Cobbler, Apple Pie, Cupcakes and on and on and on…
Can I get an AMEN!!!
Thankfully I made it through the entire week without gaining a pound, now that is cause for a halleluiah chorus.
I have learned over the years that the best way to experience the amazing culinary offerings of campmeeting is with a small tasting not a heaping spoonful.
Each night I would settle in after a wonderful meal feeling completely satisfied.
In thinking about our evening meal I can only imagine that the spread laid before us no matter how abundant and lavish was only a small taste of what the Heavenly banquet will be like when I am finally resting in the arms of my savior, I feel certain (or I hope) that Fried Chicken and Banana Pudding will be involved.
Well this concludes my Campmeeting 2009 Post–Part 1.
Keep your eyes on your blog roll for Part 2.