Written By Kristie Lam, Summer Intern
As camp is coming to a close and I'm quickly getting more and more emotional because this blog post is giving me an opportunity to have some rare quiet time, to reflect on this past summer. I've been greatly blessed to have one of my best summers, at the best camp, with the best people, and serving our true and only God!
After finishing another amazing week, all I can really think about are the kids and how much my love for them have grown. I honestly feel so blessed to be able to build these incredible relationships with these children. I love each and every one of the kids. I have learned how to appreciate their individual personalities, little quirks, accents, sayings, habits and gestures. God has made each one of them so different and perfect in their own amazing way.
I love that they all have such big hearts and they can forgive so easily. I love how weird they all are and how they let their personalities shine because they really don't care what other people think. I love how creative they are, and how all over the place their random thoughts are. I love their never ending high energy and their enthusiasm for everything that they do.
I can go on forever about everything I love about the kids, but what I'm really trying to say is I LOVE the kids. I have so much love that I just can't contain it. It's this kind of love where I don't even care whether or not they love me back or what they do, I just love them for everything that they are. I want them to be happy, I want them to find pure and genuine happiness.
This got me thinking... this kind of unconditional love I'm feeling for the kids is probably just a taste of the kind of love a mother and father has for their own child. I thought about my own parents and how much they love me and how much they've sacrificed for ME. It gets me quite emotional to think about all the things I've done that have hurt them but they still love ME. That kind of love is crazy.
THEN that got me thinking further ... the kind of love that my parents have for me is not even CLOSE to the love God has for us. That perfect, eternal, unquantifiable love. It's greater than anything I can ever imagine. It's hard to fathom that the love I'm feeling for the kids is minuscule compared to the unlimited love God has for me. That kind of love is even C R A Z I E R .
I can't even get myself to grasp how great His love is.
Recently, I've been feeling so much love inside of me, not just for the kids but for everyone around me. ALL I WANT TO DO IS LOVE.
You know why?
"We love because He first loved us: (John 4:19)
I really hope that this summer, the children will be able to experience God's love through the staff, interns and volunteers. He's doing amazing things in Toronto and what an opportunity it is to be a part of it.
This is Kristie Lam's first time interning with TCM. She is a Summer Intern in St. James Town. One thing Kristie loves about St.James Town is how close their community is and how they live so close to one another.