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When I signed up for a trip to Iona, Scotland with Camp Westminster, I didn’t exactly know what to expect. Even now after returning from Scotland, it’s hard for me to put the power of the experience into words. If I had to sum the trip up in one word, it would be incredible. The scenery was breathtaking and at some points overwhelming. Waking up to sunshine many days and observing cows and sheep roaming freely throughout the island were awesome reminders of God’s creations and presence. The beautiful scenes I saw atIona are images I will treasure in my mind forever.Besides feeling God’s presence in the beautiful setting, I could really sense God’s presence during the healing service on Tuesday night. During the service, there were different sections of names read off based on peoples’ needs and the names were followed by the whole church singing. After that, everyone in the church had the opportunity to kneel in sections and during that time the rest of the church would pray and sing over us. It was incredibly moving and powerful.This is a selection from my favorite song that we sang at Iona during an evening service: Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed. Prayer is the burden of a sigh, the falling of a tear, the upward glancing of an eye when none but God is near. Prayer is the simplest form of speech the infant lips can try; prayer the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high. Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, the Christian’s native air, our watchword at the gates of death, we enter heaven with prayer. Prayer is not made by us alone: the Holy Spirit pleads, and Jesus on the eternal throne for sinners intercedes. O Christ, by whom we come to God, the Life, the Truth, the Way, the path of prayer yourself have trod, Lord teach us how to pray.I feel truly blessed to have gone on this trip with such a great group of friends and a fantastic leader with God watching over us.
-Lucie, Westminster to the World participant