Several months ago, as we began planning this year's Vacation Bible School, we chose a theme called "Water of Life". This theme explored the usefulness of water in the Bible. More importantly, it explored Jesus as the life giving water through Creation, his baptism, the man healed in the pool of water, the woman at the well, and the Twenty Third Psalm (where we are invited to rest beside still waters). Little did we realize in planning, that this week would also be a week filled with rain! But not any rain --heavy rain that has prevented us from being outside in the pavilion. Heavy rain that has had church members reporting combined totals over five days of ten inches or more. And, heavy enough rain that family and friends out of the area have called or texted asking if we are okay.
I know that some of our neighbors have not been so lucky. Even as the sun shines today, there is concern for the next day or two, especially those along the Susquehanna River. Currently, the local Lutheran Disaster Response has a need for help throughout the area, probably over the weekend. If you have an interest in helping a neighbor in need, please leave a comment for this blog and someone will be back in contact with you shortly.
At the end of Vacation Bible School the other night, children and adults gathered around our baptismal font. Each child and adult expressed something about water they are thankful for: cooking, cleaning, helping flowers and plants grow so as not to be watered, drinking, washing clothes, swimming, jumping in puddles, and so much more. The countless rain drops and the theme of water helped students see and appreciate the gift and necessity of water in our lives. And, the thankful prayers reminded me too of the overall VBS theme: 'When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.' (Isaiah 43:2)
Heavy rainfall turned into an opportunity to experience the abundance -- and the blessings of God!
In the same way, how have you experienced God's abundant blessings in your life? Take a moment to offer thanks to God for God's blessings. Take another moment to share these blessings with others.
Blessings and grace,