Monday, July 6, 2009

a little more bethlehem

The above image was taken of Westbrook & Esther Finlayson on the grounds of Camp Bethlehem in the Summer of 1977. I ran across this flyer (image below) dad wrote about Camp Bethlehem. It reads as follows:

Between the Florida sun and sands...where tree and flora grow...Ol' Bethlehem Camp Ground sweetly stands...and Christian friendships glow...Although it's only ten short days...the people come to pray...Ol' Bethlehem's a constant strength...blessing us day by day...We find new friends and greet the old...and memories of the past abide...though we may part when the camp breaks up...our hearts say warm inside...The evangelists are gifted men...men who know the Word...the music is about as good...as a body ever heard...the prayers on the porch and in the pew are mighty in their power...and youngsters clasp the Hand of god...during the Youth tabernacle Hour...The saints of god who grace this place...sweetly bless us with their love...They touch our hearts, encourage us...direct our thoughts above...Ere we meet again some may depart...for mansions in the sky...where there will ever be camp meeting time...in the Land of the Sweet Bye and Bye...So as we come to the close of another...Bethlehem Camp meeting sublime..we look to the joy of the coming Camp...and, if Christ tarries, another good time...Please pray, dear friends in Christ, for me...and for all who strive hard to be true...for the wonderful men of god who preach...on down to the kitchen crew...It takes a lot of work, you see...to faithfully harvest God's vineyard today...but little would come of Ol'Bethlehem Camp...if we neglect to pray...God bless you...God keep you...god keep your heart pure...God make His sweet melodies ring...As you take the Good news back home to tell folk...And His praises you continually sing!

-Westbrook Finlayson
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