Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Peter speaks of the living hope believers were given through Christ's resurrection. (I Peter 1:3 NIV) When you think about it, without hope what is the point of doing anything? Why would we plant a seed in the earth if there was no possibility of a plant growing from it? Why would we cultivate the soil around a seedling and water it if we did not expect it to eventually produce fruit?
Hope is powerful. In July our church held Pandamania Vacation Bible School for five mornings. The leaders chose to purchase resources, set up and decorate the stations, prepare the lessons, organize volunteers and advertise throughout the community, giving their time and talents so the children would have a great week.
Good seed was sown and we expect a harvest. The kids had fun, at the same time learning that: 1) God made them; 2) God listens to them; 3) God watches over them; 4) God loves them no matter what; and, 5) God gives them good gifts.
The weekend before VBS began, a dear member of the director's extended family was in palliative care. This lady loved and served Christ throughout her life. Her loved ones knew she was leaving illness behind and moving on to a life of total well-being, peace, contentment, joy...forever. With that knowledge they served all week sewing, cultivating, watering - teaching the children Bible truths. Living hope motivated and empowered them. On the weekend at the end of VBS, they celebrated their grandmother's home-going.
Isaiah 40:3 declares that, "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (NIV)
God has given freedom of choice to each of the five to eleven year-olds who attended. All those who helped at this Vacation Bible School hope that every child will make the best life choice, the choice that brings true freedom.