I started training for Reach the Beach in 2004 when I entered seminary. Little did I know that by pursuing a Masters of Divinity Degree would lead me to be the chaplain for Camp Calumet during one of the longest road races in New England.
Four years of theological education, six years as a parish pastor in Baldwinsville, New York and now a year and a half in Gardner, MA I feel like I am finally prepared for this event.
The intensity of my training has peaked the last several months. While my fellow Reach the Beachers are spending hours of running, preparing for this grueling race, I have spent hours driving up to people running in my community and asking if they need me to pray for them.
It is not an easy task to be the chaplain of such an important event. I typically sleep on a Friday night, but now I am faced with a monumental task of not only staying awake for 30 hours but to be Pastoral as well!
Have you ever tried to pray for someone after you have stayed awake all night? It is not easy. As part of my training I did that recently -- I stayed up all night and when my kids woke up and came downstairs for breakfast I said grace and I mentioned something about the bunk beds in boys yellows. I was a mess!!
I tried staying up for a 24 hour volleyball marathon, I fell asleep while I was writing my sermon (see picture above).
The spiritual lives of these runners are in my hands and I need to remember that. it is not a coincidence that each team is made up of 12 runners (there are 12 disciples).
So please, support me so I can support the runners. The more money that we can raise for the kids at Calumet means that more and more kids can eperience the awesome, life changing, faith building camp that we all call our home.
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