Athens, OH 16 October 2018 –
I love the vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges that make fall pop. Our campus has an abundance of these colors when the weather turns colder, and the trees tucked in between university buildings paint the perfect autumn scene.
While I always enjoy the fall foliage during walks to class, this year I got to take in the season at Scioto Hills Camp for a weekend retreat with Cru, a campus ministry. Some highlights of the weekend included bonding with the girls in
my Bible study, spectating Ohio’s largest ultimate pumpkin game, and learning from the event’s speaker.
From staying up late chatting in our cabin to drinking copious amount of coffee with breakfast the next morning, the girls in my Bible study really got to know each other and form close friendships at the retreat. During our free time, we participated in archery, ziplining, and even took the paddle boat for a spin around the pond.
The biggest event of the retreat was the always-rousing game of Ultimate Pumpkin. The rules are similar to ultimate frisbee, but with a twist; instead of a frisbee, a greased pumpkin is used. I watched from the hill as teams of twenty
college students swarmed the greased pumpkin as each team tried to move the pumpkin from one side of the field to the other. Even though the pumpkin broke into pieces, the game went on with seeds and pumpkin guts spewed over the field and players.
Finally, over four sessions, the speaker challenged us to understand the meanings of faith, works, and grace. He said, “Faith is something you can see.” When I returned to campus on Monday, I was sleep-deprived, but at the same time I felt rested and thankful for the time spent enjoying fall, fellowship, and time with God.