For many years, our family has spent part of our summer vacation at a weeklong retreat called Family Camp at Camp Koinonia in Italy Valley, N.Y.
Each day, after time with the whole camp, and time divided by age groups, we gather with our own family for "family sharing," one of the best things we have experienced at Family Camp.
Over the years, we’ve found that a great way to experience family sharing time is to share our daily "high points, low points and closest moments to God." We each take a turn — dad, mom and kids — sharing these key parts of our day with the rest of our family.
A "high point" might be a favorite dessert at a camp meal, or a kickball game at afternoon free time, or a hike up the creek to the waterfall, or an early morning "polar bear swim" in the camp pool.
A "low point" might be a disappointment over unmet expectations, or a difficult encounter with another camper, or an interrupted nap, or a bee sting, or a stubbed toe.
Our "closest moment to God" could be seeing a rainbow, or the bright stars in the night sky, or listening to the laughter of the youngest campers, or singing a favorite hymn at Morning Prayer, or an experience of faith shared during the morning session.
Sharing these "high points, low points and closest moments to God" has helped us to connect as a family and better understand each other. It has helped our family grow closer to each other and to God. It has helped us grow in our faith.
You may want to try sharing your answers to these questions with your own family: Today, what were my high point, my low point and my closest moment to God?