Summer 2021, we hoped, would be the summer that everything went back to normal. When we returned to having services in person at the congregational building in mid-May, we naively imagined that life would soon go back to the way it was before.
Currently, rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Israel have brought many social restrictions back. To cope with them until the situation is stabilized, we moved our annual congregational field trip to Hurshat Tal (literally translated “the dew grove”) up to the beginning of August and decided on a two week hiatus from services to follow.
Swimming in the freezing cold water that comes down from Mt. Hermon (Psalm 133:3) was refreshing to body and soul. Seeing the deer that came seeking the cool waters too, brought to life the verse, “As a deer pants for streams of water, so my heart pants for you” (Psalm 42:1).
In addition to that, the children’s camp we hold every summer, which was cancelled last summer, went through many adaptations this summer. It was cancelled, un-cancelled, re-cancelled, and then we began working on an alternative – a day camp. This alternative also went through the fire. Plan A – four days, 40 kids. Plan B – four days, 20 kids. Plan C – 2 days, 20 kids. Needless to say, all the adults and kids were worn out from hoping, being disappointed and hoping again.
To our delight, “Plan C” was a beautiful success! Two days of outside fun in the hot Israeli sun! Despite all the frustration, discouragement, and changed plans, God faithfully granted us wonderful times of fellowship, food, water games, classic camp silliness and Bible lessons. As we went from activity to activity, the children’s eyes were full of delight and it was wonderful to see them tasting of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)