There is a place in souls where brokenness hides
where lies speak
where shame holds tight
where fear grows
and sadness cries.
Meanwhile, there is a place in the valley where creation sings
where leaves and sparrows dance amongst the west wind
where forested mountains stand tall to protect those who come through
where the rising and setting sun wears different colors against blue
and the water's temperment is reflected in its waves.
There is a place in the valley where holy ground stands
where the Spirit moves amongst the people
where hearts cry out in earnest demands
where joy and sorrow are held in each hand
and life is brought anew once again.
There is a place in souls where healing occurs
where truth uncovers lies
where honor replaces shame
where courage is not ruled by fear
and peace brings calm over sadness.
This is a place where
Pain hidden is brought to light.
Green grass grows despite the hardened earth.
Life springs forth from scars.
Hiding is an option, but freedom is chosen instead.
During the Cambodian genocide (1975-1979), 2.6 million tons of bombs fell on the country, and a forested valley was a place of refuge. Despite the horrific events that occured, 30 years later this land still remains a place of refuge. The Shalom Valley campgrounds are prayerfully established as a place of restoration for those who come through. And for us, we all came in as broken people, and we left still broken. However, it is our encounter with the living God which starts a change, a much needed healing, that begins to take place inspite.
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