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BONUS: Tying in with Cobbey Crisler's reference to the fulfillment of Isaiah 35 in Peter healing the lame man in Acts 2 (B20), here are applications practiced at CedarS for Isaiah 35. As CedarS divinely-defined purpose these prophesies and their fulfillment . have been passed along to CedarS staff by oral tradition from CedarS Founder Ruth E. Huff and its present Directors, Warren Huff & Holly Huff Bruland:
"In asking God what His/Her purpose was in founding CedarS Camps near Lebanon, Missouri, I (Ruth) opened the Bible "at random" for divine answers and the first words that I saw were "the glory of Lebanon." (Isaiah 35:2) Since that first summer in 1962, every Counselor Training course has featured the vital importance of following each word of all ten verses of Isaiah 35 as CedarS divinely-directed "marching orders."

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:1:"The wilderness* and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose" CedarS staff work together to put a full stop to the three opening, negative parts of Mary Baker Eddy's definition of "WILDERNESS. Loneliness; doubt; darkness." and to replace these temporary dark aspects with the lasting joys of her spiritual definition of wilderness as: "Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence." (SH 597) CedarS Bible Lands Park (BLP) features the great growth that all major Bible characters experienced in the wilderness when they had to go outside their “comfort zones” to find their “spiritual growth zones.” This stretching and growth happens intentionally every day and really every hour with CedarS Mets that kick-off each activity with a spiritual sense of it and of every participant.
Solos are another tradition for older campers and staff that feature a sacred, "solitary place" and set-aside time to commune one-to-one with God. In BLP, what was a deserted place has been transformed into the lush land of Sharon, even with blooming roses of Sharon.

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:2: “It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.”
The blossomingexcellency” of all at CedarS is celebrated with unique Quality Awards;
our 5th Fundamental is “We expect to make camping at CedarS fun!”;
every meal includes singing; and, at every Wednesday Testimony meeting all see and hear amazing testimonies to the glory and excellency of our God.

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:3, “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.” Above and beyond the physical healings of weak hands and feeble knees that could be related here, shine the examples in every camper and staff member (as part of their God-ordained purpose at CedarS) to strengthen their grasp on Truth through hourly Mets and more as well as to quicken and firm-up their resolve to take a “stand for right especially when it’s not the popular thing to do.” [part of CedarS Torchbearer pledge]

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:4, a big part of each CedarS counselor job is to lovingly “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not…” Throughout each day CedarS staff constantly accentuates “Christ’s keynote of harmony, ‘Be not afraid!’” (SH 410:30)

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:5, “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened. And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.” [A wonderful, instantaneous healing happened at CedarS ~20 years ago when a workman’s was blinded by an acetone accident. A healing of a preexisting hole in a camper’s ear drum happened during a recent session. Above and beyond these “miracles”, we witness daily shining examples of campers and staff awakening to the “gratitude that outlaws blindness to present good” as well as to a new openness to hear and obey our guardian angels that are either whispering or thundering in our ears “This is the way, walk ye in it!”

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:6, “Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing…” We have also witnessed physical healings at CedarS of a Division 1 football player on the same day he broke a foot going off to Football Camp leaping and running— as well as a kindergartner who had not talked for over a year opening up to speak at CedarS.
But the day to day fulfillment of these promises comes in symbolic ways as campers and staff leave behind a crippling, “material sense of things…” that mutes the expression of their true spiritual identities which “break out” as “spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (Wilderness, SH 597)

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:7, “And the parched ground shall become a pool…” This prophesy was fulfilled, six days before the opening of CedarS 50th season, when our promised, under-construction “Mediterranean Sea” was parched and would have remained so all summer without divine help. I was impelled to quickly obey divine guidance to seal-off a drain and to transfer runoff from a record storm that filled the lake before Opening Day 2011 with 60 million gallons of “holy water.” [Hear details related by Warren about this and other “miraculous” demonstrations including a life-saving hymn sing healing (like in Acts16: 16-22, B22) as told to staff in CedarS June 2018 precamp. Or see a YouTube version in a 5-6-18 Inspirational talk. My Hymn Sing healing is 19 minutes in on YouTube and the 60-million gallons in 6 days is at 31 minutes into my 2018 Principia Parent Association inspirational on YouTube.]

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:8, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness;” This promise from God was fulfilled in “concrete” terms by the completion of Interstate 44 a few years after camp opened in 1962. This reduced trips from St. Louis to CedarS from 5 hours on 2-lane 'Route 66,' full of hills, curves and trucks to a beautiful and smooth 2.5-hour drive. But the deeper, daily meaning comes from the time and effort one always saves by taking “The way of holiness.” This was God’s alias for CedarS that we strive to be known for as we work to “give each camper an appreciation of spiritual sense.”

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:9, “No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast…but the redeemed of the Lord shall walk there.” Our little piece of heaven in the Missouri Ozarks is free of all ravenous beasts, and even of strife-filled thinking. On a nearly daily basis, time traveling campers and visitors walking on CedarS Time Travelers’ Trail in Bible Lands Park, are redeemed from beastly, strife-filled thought by pledging (like Daniel in the Lions’ Den) to 'win without a fight' – and (like David learned to do) to be quick to forgive, and so be forgiven and redeemed.

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:10, “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return… they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” In addition to welcoming new family members, over a thousand campers and staff return to CedarS year after year to experience the nonstop joy of “Spontaneity of thought and idea” (the spiritual aspect of “Wilderness,” SH 597) and to put a “full stop” (period) to the “sorrow and sighing” of fables like “Loneliness; doubt; darkness.” (the material view of “Wilderness,” SH 597)

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