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Metaphysical Theme 2018: LIVE LOVE INFINITELY!: Give and Receive Love—the greatest Gift in the world. 

To celebrate the essence of CedarS – the active, unconditional Love on which it is founded—our camp community will strive to "Give and Receive Love—the greatest Gift in the world."  We will specifically focus on the apostle Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 13 to actively express the highest type of love—or agape in Greek.  This active love is demanded of every Christian follower and community. 

As used by Paul here and throughout the New Testament, agape springs from actively promoting and "desiring good for those you esteem".  This type of unselfish, active love and infinite respect shines universally throughout CedarS work and Five Fundamental Concepts.  The first one is “We regard each individual at camp as a child of God who reflects alertness, peace, joy, ability, love…”

Know that since you reflect God’s infinite love, it’s easy to commit to "LIVE LOVE INFINITELY!"
Paul lists these “Sweet 16” ways to love—with the agape love so that you can make the following pledges to actively live:

  1. (Agape) “Love never gives up.” [So, I’ll never give up!]

  2. “Love cares more for others than for self.”  [So, I’ll care for others ahead of myself!]

  3. “Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.”  [So, I won’t be envious!]

  4. “Love doesn’t strut,” [So, I won’t boast!]

  5. “Doesn’t have a swelled head,” [So, I won’t be arrogant!]

  6. “Doesn’t force itself on others,” [So, I won’t be rude!]

  7. “Isn’t always ‘me first’,” [So, I won’t insist on my own way!]

  8. “Doesn’t fly off the handle,” [So, I refuse to get irritated!]

  9. “Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,” [So, I won’t get stuck on mistakes!]

  10. “Doesn’t revel when others grovel,” [So, I won’t be happy when others mess up!]

  11. “Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,” [So, I'll be grateful when anyone does well!]

  12. “Puts up with anything,”  [So, I'll work through every problem]

  13. “Trusts God always,”  [with confidence in God—]

  14. “Always looks for the best,”  [always affirming the best is yet to come—]

  15. “Never looks back,”  [—dropping the past—]

  16. “But keeps going to the end.”  [and moving on to reveal God’s answers!]

        [1 Cor. 13:4-7, The Message.]

To remind cable ski riders and fans to commit to living these 16 essential ingredients of agape love at CedarS, they will be spelled out at an exit dock for fallen riders at Corinth where a new obstacle will be featured.    

To see how Paul’s full message about agape love in 1 Corinthians 13 fits in the context of a church and camp community, please read all of 1 Corinthians 12:4-14:5.  Paul supports his larger message in surrounding chapters by encouraging us to use our gifts as a member of the body of Christ (Paul’s metaphor for a Christian church or community).  We can apply this to CedarS to build-up and care for the entire body of Christ at camp, especially supporting those members of camp who need the most support.

Here’s one of many links to research more about agape love in the Bible https://www.thoughtco.com/agape-love-in-the-bible-700675

Love is mentioned as a key ingredient in hundreds of other Bible verses, hymns and passages from Science and Health and from Mary Baker Eddy’s other writings.  We invite each member of our CedarS staff family to find a favorite to share at camp and to email to us to post on this page! (We can post it either with your name or anonymously.)

 

[Warren’s PS: I love the helpful instruction (below) from Mary Baker Eddy about how Christian Scientists can best pray in Communion Services. It dovetails with CedarS 2018 theme to “LIVE LOVE INFINITELY”  (as highlighted and spelled out in 1 Corinthians 13 and Hymn 30):
 

“Praying in Communion Services by Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Journal (CSJ) August 1889

"The sacrament shall be observed ... by a short interval of solemn and silent self-examination by each member, as to his or her fitness to be called a follower of Christ, Truth; as to his real state of love toward man, and fellowship and communion with Christ; as to whether he is gaining in the understanding and demonstration of Truth and Love, coming out from the world and being separated from error; growing less selfish, more charitable and spiritual, yea, walking worthy his high calling.

 

“One should turn into his consciousness with renewed carefulness the ever-searching light of Truth. Shall it not be a specific time for purging from one's thought all that is unworthy and untrue?”

 

Another gem from Alfred Farlow, First Committee on Publication that relates to the active part of Paul's definition of love as doing kind things: “I have come to the conclusion that only what we gain by kindness can really be accomplished; what cannot be accomplished by kindness cannot be accomplished at all.”  (1907)]

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