A few weeks ago I had one of those days that was so over scheduled I completely forgot to drink anything for several hours. I was in the middle of an evening Christian Worship lecture, when my voice began to falter.  I swallowed hard, cleared my throat several times and managed to finish the class by asking the students to respond to some spontaneous, semi-lecture related questions.  As soon as the class was over, I anxiously headed for my car, pondering potential illnesses and vocal syndromes.
About ten minutes into my commute, I realized I had deprived myself of water or any other liquids for over six hours.  Six hours is usually not enough to risk dehydration in normal temperature and conditions. However, I realized that night how much I needed water and nourishment if I was serious about leading and teaching.  That’s when I thought about our “oasis” experience and our circle of friends that gather each summer here in Buies Creek.
Oasis has quickly become a place for many of us to “rehydrate.” Leading and teaching can drain us much more quickly than we even realize. We can lose our “leadership voice” at unexpected times without finding the right kind of nourishment.
Please accept my invitation to join us at the “Creek” for Oasis 2014! Come with cups overflowing or with voices that are parched. Let’s share generously, drink deeply, and leave renewed for the journey.
Larry Dickens
Duncan Chair of Church Music
Associate Professor of Church Music
Campbell University Divinity School



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