This weekend I was a leader with caring hearts camp. Here is their video from last year

It was a really amazing experience. The kids there have been through so much pain, so many difficult things. I don’t even think I knew that some of these situations even really existed. But they have so much resiliency and are learning to cope with their pain and see the beauty in life. Most of all I learned from them is compassion and comforting those who mourn. I often feel kind of awkward and uncomfortable when someone is hurting, because I don’t know what they need. But most often it’s just a hug, or just being there with them.

On the world race was where I first realized that I have a really hard time bringing myself into a situation and really investing my heart into people with pain. I don’t know what I’m afraid of. Of loving people I won’t see again, of letting in too much pain that I won’t be able to stop it. God has given me so much healing and peace from the different painful experiences in my own life. I want to trust him with sharing the pain of other people. I sometimes try to distance my heart or hide behind joking around, but deep down I think we all long to connect and really love each other.

It was a really beautiful weekend. I got to meet so many deeply loving and caring people. Especially being almost only immersed in Christian care and perspectives and help to those grieving it was good to step out of my own paradigms for a weekend to see love in action through all sorts of people. I’m so glad I got to go and I definitely want to be a part of it in the fall.