The Upper Room

7(I) Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” 9They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.”13And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.  (Luke 22:7-13)  (Biblegateway.com)

As a lot of you know, I have been working with TST Next, SpringHill’s counselor-in-training program this summer.    I want to do a series of entries on “Where I have Walked” this summer.  I got to thinking, and these stairs came to mind.

TST Next has its own “lounge,” a place where we can hang out and do lessons.  We call this place the “Upper Room,” because it is situated above a house called the “Founder’s House.”

The Founder’s House used to be the “hub” of SpringHill, not only did this beautiful old house hold all of the campers, but also the dining hall.  The Upper Room is literally sitting above “where it all started.”  Now, SpringHill is the largest Christian Camp in the Midwest and one of the top five in the nation, serving 1,000 campers a week and that’s only our Michigan location, they have since added a SpringHill in Indiana as well as Day Camps all over Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.  It is humbling to sit above such a wealth of history.   It is fitting that the Founder’s House has been beautified with gardens and is used as a guest house for donors.

I found this little gem on the internet.  I would love to have this shirt!  It’s an old SpringHill t-shirt with a picture of the founder’s house.  The Upper Room is situated above the left hand portion.

Here is the inside.  Expecting more?  Nope, its a bare floor with the remains of a desk from when this was the productions room.  It’s lived in and messy but it’s home to a bunch of high schoolers for three weeks.  Notice the walls, they are covered in “paint worship,” a day where we put on some music and let our creativity speak to God.

And not to make this post too seriously, here is a quirk of our humble abode.  This is the Purple Wall.  At SpringHill we call kissing, hugging, flirting etc. “purpling” because pink (girl) plus blue (boy) makes purple!   Here my campers have found examples of purple as a warning to the future generations of SpringHill :D.

This is a place I’ve walked… up and down, over and over, haha.

(Ps. Learn more about where I work at http://www.springhillcamps.com/)

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