This year’s theme: “The Middle”

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the middle of them.”  (Matthew 18:20

The theme for Laurel this year is The Middle, as in: the middle of a journey or the middle of a progression.  What comes between “the beginning” and “the end” of anything in life is usually pretty important, and that is: “the middle.”  

Sometimes the middle is nice, like being in the middle of a project and being in that “flow.”  When we try to “meet people in the middle” that’s often where we find the joy of common ground.  I’m told that the middle trimester of pregnancy is sometimes easier than the first and last.   In the middle of the days of creation in Genesis we find the Sun, Moon, and Stars; a pretty exciting and significant stage. “Let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years” (Genesis 1:14). 

Sometimes the middle is difficult, like being in the middle of growing up; somewhere between a child and an adult.  Sometimes we can experience a mid-life crisis in the middle of our journey of life. When the children of Israel left Egypt, they spent 40 years in the wilderness in the middle of their journey to the Promised Land.  But it was during that “middle” that they received the 10 Commandments from the Lord; new wisdom from heaven. 

So whether the middle is pleasant or difficult, it’s always an important part of life.  Come explore “the middle” with us this summer at Laurel Camp! 

“Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’  Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.  And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.”  (Genesis 1:6-8)

“Where an external and an internal exist there must be a middle linking them together. The human mind has a natural degree containing external, middle, and internal levels.”  (Secrets of Heaven 10236)

“There are three degrees of life with the human being. The inmost degree of our life … the middle degree of life … and the lowest … These degrees of life with a person are opened up in successive stages.”  (Secrets of Heaven 9594)  

Pas-Dir Solomon Keal