Jennifer Camp, co-founder of Gather Ministries, and author of Loop, grew up in the middle of an almond orchard in Northern California and now lives in the busy Bay Area with her husband and three kids. A former high school English teacher, she loves to write, but she especially loves to encourage people to seek and live out the truth of their story, their identity in Christ. You can find her writing at her blog, Jennifer J. Camp .You can connect with Jennifer on both Facebook and Twitter. She would love to have you join her there.
Ocean waves painted in light blue and green.
white construction paper pushed under my dorm room door.
I never knew He felt that way about me --
that scripture could be so personalized,
that my name, my name, could be a word
He utters, that He protects, that He carries with Him
when these waves threaten to overflow this boat.
He carries me through the waters and, into these waves
He invites me in with Him to swim.
I want to swim.
My name, brushed on by a hand who knows --
who has seen sorrow and loss, and felt herself picked up
into her Daddy's lap and held, shows me
this Savior she knows that I thought I knew.
I write this scripture as a gift for you today,
with your name where my name is too.
For it is this name He loves and calls and lifts
in our forgetting of self,
And there, we see the truth of Him.
"_______, when you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze."
~ Isaiah 43:2
Thinking about you and praying for you here,
Originally published at jenniferjcamp.com