The Magic Of A Campfire & Friends
By Frosty Wooldridge
To sit around a campfire with a stick and poke the glowing embers before you may be one of the most tangible of all visible mysteries of the universe. You stare into pulsing energy that feeds your soul. The warmth comforts your sense of belonging to the wilderness. You feel the peace of mind that caresses your spirit. Surrounding your fire, a cathedral of trees towers into the ink black of space. Twinkling stars enlighten your imagination. A full moon balances the evening with a symphony of popping embers, leaping flames and curling smoke reaching into the magic.
Sitting with you, friends stare into the same flames, thinking their own thoughts and enjoying the pulsings of the universe.
I have sat by thousands of campfires in my life and each time, I see God looking back at me. I see life sharing itself. I see living creation burning brightly. I see marshmallows, bubbling stew and hot chocolate waiting to warm my body. I share conversations with friends and strangers that have become my friends.
I see Uwe Rothe, John Brown, Gerd Bollig, Gary Hall and Doug Armstrong. I see Robert, Bob, Gerry and Dave. I see Sandi, Sarah, Ashly and Pam. I see the universe glowing with life, light, warmth and fellowship Every campsite that houses men, women or beasts—enjoys a glorious, starry firmament for a roof. That black sky dotted with stars offers constellations, songs and myths from humanity from the beginning to the present. The fire-pit becomes the focal point for fellowship and conversation.
Every summer, I cycle, backpack or raft into the deepest recesses of the wilderness. I discover God staring at me from every branch, tree and bird on the wing.
At Glacier National Park
this summer, I asked a ranger, “Do you see God up here in the
I said. (Few joys in life beat sitting around a campfire with your friends
on a chilly night and a starry sky with a pot of stew simmering on the
coals and campfire stories flying around like magic to bring laughter,
joy and fellowship.)
Above us, a brilliant sunset in the west shot gold across the heavens and back-lit horsetail clouds galloping across the last of the day and huge thunderheads to the east.
“Man, this is one
of the best sunsets I have ever seen,” Robert said.
Life glows around the
embers of a campfire. Make your own and poke the glowing coals to discover
your own answers to the mysteries of creation. You will find yourself
sailing the celestial spaces of the universe without leaving any tracks.
(Some sunsets command your eyes, spirit and soul to watch the grand
spectacle unfolding before you. This sunset over the Rocky Mountains
in Montana held us in rapt attention for over 30 minutes. Life is good.)
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