A Note from Rich Malone
Summer 2018 was awesome!
O taste and see that the Lord is good.
It was a deeply meaningful journey into the awareness and absolute certainty of God’s constant and perfect goodness. He is so good!
“O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)
“The Lord is good; a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 (NKJV)
It turns out that tasting the deliciousness of God’s goodness sometimes involves also tasting the nauseating badness of trouble. That trouble should not surprise us; it is some of the undesirable backwash of this sick and broken world in which we live. The taste of some of our summer at LFR was pretty bad … literally; there was a lot of throwing up and close contact with the “ceramic throne,” if you know what I mean. At times we felt like everything had gone to pot. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Through our first two camps there were over 30 campers and staff members down with the stomach bug. Whew! But He is a stronghold in the day of trouble. The first camp when it all started was fairly small in attendance and God gave us just enough staff and extra rooms that became designated infirmary locations to keep on going. From the start of the summer, even in the midst of yucky tasting difficulty, we tasted the wonderful goodness of our great Lord Jesus. God provided, lives were transformed, and new life in Christ kept happening over and over again. Nothing is more spiritually tasty than that!
In Exodus 33:13-23 Moses asked of God, “Show me Your glory.” God responded to Moses’ request by hiding him in the cleft of a rock and then letting him see His goodness pass by him. The Lord is good, and He really wants us to see His glory reflected to us in His goodness. God beautifully displayed His glorious goodness at LFR this summer. Now you get to read about the ways that He did that. These pages will greatly bless you. He is a good good Father!
Thanks for praying for us! Please don’t stop!