“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.”
Thirty years ago we walked down the aisle in this place. The soft tones of “Tread Softly” guided our steps. It is fitting that I visit here today.
I thought my grief might overwhelm me here in this lovely setting and rustic old Tabernacle. Instead I feel a deep sense of peace and calm steel across my soul. I am still enamored by this place, just as when I was a young bride-to-be looking for a place with a roof to protect our outdoor wedding from possible rain.
The Tabernacle was built 103 years ago and stood stately with the tall trees of Central Oak Heights. Its high octagonal roof still rises among the oaks and maples, and it is surrounded by quaint little cottages of yesteryear, built and maintained by families who summered here on “The Heights.” COH was established as a Christian camp and it was its own world of wonder rising from the shores of the Susquehanna River.
Much changed over the years and a four-lane highway severed the camp from its riverfront property. But the Tabernacle, the trails, the cabins, and the quaint little cottages remain.
Somehow my husband and I found the place when we were looking for a place to wed. The place would hardly be considered suitable for many brides of today, but for me it was “just right.” Christian camp (Camp Hebron) influenced my life greatly during my formative years, and Central Oak Heights had that same camp feel.
I as sit here today, bereaved of that handsome groom who stood beside me at this altar, I am thankful we married here. The aged Tabernacle still holds charm for me. I can visit here anytime and remember.
A breeze rustles the leaves of the nearby trees. Birds sing, like they did on our wedding day. The same cottages smile at me as they did on that day, and I burst forth with praise. I thank God for blessing me here thirty years ago. I thank Him for meeting me here today.
Prayer for Today:
Oh thou Great God who first ordained marriage to be a picture of Your great love, before any of these ancient oaks were acorns, thank You for marriage, and memories, and the opportunity to worship You here. Amen.