Cole Camp, Missouri.
People ask, how do you like living in a town of 1,000?
So, what do you think of your new home?
Are you settling in?
Do you like small town life?
My answer keeps coming back to sounds. For a simple yes doesn't carry with it the beauty of what it is to live among these people and in this town and immersed in this history.
You see, it's the sounds that remind me where I am. It's in the sounds that I experience a history deeper than I can imagine and richer beyond understanding.
It's in the sounds that I can join my voice and amen to a life worth living.
So let me tell you about Cole Camp, Missouri. Let me tell you about what I hear.
I hear the sounds of children playing across the street at the Water Tower park (only the water tower is no longer standing and I have never seen the water tower, yet even I refer to it as the water tower park).
I hear the sounds of cicadas and bugs and critters and howls in the night. And I realize that I am just a small part of God's creation living amidst such diversity in the country.
I hear the sounds of church hymns that play from the neighboring church each morning at 8, again at 12, and then to bring the night to a close at 6 and 8.
I hear the church bells that toll at the death of a community member. Each bell for a year of life lived and loved.
I hear the shrills and joy of children at the Cole Camp World's Fair as they ride late into the night and try their hand at winning a large toy.
I hear cheers for floats in the parade - filled with flowers and hours of care.
I hear the sounds of German songs as the choir sings throughout the streets.
I hear tractors and golf carts and hellos to friends and strangers alike.
I hear and I listen.
This is but a glimpse into the orchestra of life in Cole Camp, Missouri.
I also hear the silence.
And the still small voice of the One who speaks our names in the wind and calls us into community.