Description This copper etching was inspired by my work as a camp counselor at Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry (VLM), which consists of a pair of Bible camps in northern Minnesota. Camp Hiawatha, a serene camp on a lake in Grand Rapids, MN was located near where my wife grew up, and to this day holds a special place in our hearts. However, it was the rustic setting of Camp Vermilion that most epitomizes camp for me. Located in Cook, MN, Camp Vermilion is located at the edge of the boundary waters canoe area. With a rugged landscape and towering pine trees, this unique place has helped thousands of young campers and counselors experience the love of God in a deeper way. I think fondly of VLM today, because it was not only the place that my faith was strengthened and I began to discern my call to ministry; it was the place I met my wife and fell in love.North Woods Sunrise is rich with symbolism. The hand that reaches out is barely touching the sharp tip of spear and nail, objects use to pierce Christ at His crucifixion. The tension in this touch echoes Michelangelos creation, where God the Father reaches down to touch Adam, the first human. Nearby, thorns weave their way around and through the hand, demonstrating Christs suffering for us. We know that a crown of thorns was placed on his head when the Roman soldiers mocked him. On the top left portion of the page I use imagery of sun and moon. Whether it be the moment of daybreak where light pierces the horizon, or an eclipse, this imagery is intended to convey the feeling of time being frozen. Throughout North Woods Sunrise are leaves, symbolic of the beauty of Gods creation and the rugged wilderness so vital to the camp experience. Finally, you will notice a large cross running diagonally, reminding us of the deep love Jesus has for you and for me. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life (John 3:16). Amen.