Dear Campmeeting Friend,
The phrase “May you live in interesting times” has a dubious origin. Some have called it a Chinese proverb, and—in a sense—a curse, believing that uninteresting times of tranquility are better. Dickens began his great novel, A Tale of Two Cities, with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
It can certainly be said that we do NOT live in “uninteresting” times. These are not days of tranquility. In our country, the political divide deepens, and the middle class is fading as the gap between haves and have nots widens. Other countries experience war and terror.
Yet, with Dickens, we can say these are the best of times. Never have we had such conveniences. Never have we had such means of communication. Never have we had such vast reservoirs of knowledge—literally—at our fingertips. But, it is also the worst of times, for every tragedy, crime, and disaster rises up before our eyes nearly as soon as it happens.
Our friend, the Apostle Paul, had things to say as well about time and times a long time ago. And they couldn’t be more relevant. To his young disciple, Timothy, he cautioned, “. . . realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1). And again, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires . . .” (2 Timothy 4:3). It is not difficult to conclude that those times are here.
But I like his words of encouragement to the Ephesians and us—to be “making the most of your [our] time, because the days are evil” (5:16). And that brings us to campmeeting time! I suppose you’d expect me to say that campmeeting is a great way to spend your time and “make the most of your time” this summer. And it is! Campmeeting time is a great time—a time of renewal, refreshing, and revival!
Campmeeting is a great time to look back across the years to remember and celebrate all the great things God has done in our lives. And—to look forward together to that day the old gospel song brings to mind, the day “the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more!” Until then,
See you at Campmeeting time!
Charles A. Nutt, President
1602 Linda Drive, S.W.
Clinton, MS 39056