Our trip to Gettysburg wasn't just a history lesson.
It was my first district foursquare conference, a fun getaway road trip (just the two of us), the best-night's-sleep-in-a-hotel-bed experience I've ever had, and a history lesson.
As you would imagine, the town is patriotic and everything nods to the events that happened in July of 1863. Images of our forefathers and the American flag were a common sight. Even the carpeting in the Wyndam was presidential.
Sightseeing was on our agenda (naturally), so we decided to spend some time at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The Cyclorama was stunning! We only toured the inside, but there were several other tours available along the path of the battle. There was no way you could leave Gettysburg without mentioning the American Civil War.
Even for me (not a history buff), this was fascinating and unforgettable. It certainly gave me a new appreciation for my freedom.
The conference itself was a warm slice of midwestern pie.
We met some wonderful people within our denomination, listened to inspiring speakers, prayed with others and received prayer, and shared in Communion with a hundred other attendees. Awards were handed out, pastors were ordained, Gaither-style music was sung, and we all even held hands at one point during the weekend.
We are charismatic, after all.
"I hope peace will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time."
- Abraham Lincoln, August 26, 1863