Last week during Spring Break, 60 families in the Buckner Family Pathways programs gathered at Camp Buckner in Burnet, Texas, for a week of relaxation, fun and spiritual encouragement. For Melanie Goodwin, a mother in the Family Pathways program in Dallas, family camp became a place to rectify old memories and restore her soul. She writes about her experience here.
For me, returning to the Texas Hill Country is a homecoming. I am from this area and I’ll admit that returning here was not high on my list of priorities. The person I was the last time I was here was so broken, and I worried that returning would evoke memories I would not want to recall. As if my past would somehow come out to greet me. Silly really!
Upon arrival, wonderful volunteers were holding signs of welcome and cheering. I immediately knew this was going to be a great time of fun and healing. What a mighty God we serve. He knew this was a place where I needed to be: a place that deserved a joyful memory.
I was chosen to lead a group bible study, which was an amazing experience. These women are all so tender and brilliant. We all long to be together and to share our experience as women, mothers, students and sisters in Christ – and we did. We shared our favorite scriptures, we listened to each other, and we learned what it means to be a daughter of the King of kings. It reminded me of Psalm 45:13: "The king's daughter is all glorious within." We are all so beautifully and wonderfully made.
I would sit on the porch and listen to the laughter of women playing games and talking with each other, and I realized this was a much-needed vacation and time of fellowship for so many of us. I can’t thank Buckner enough for providing us with this experience.