Vacation Bible Saved
Vacation Bible Saved
Yet faith comes from listening to this Good News—the Good News about Christ.
Romans 10:17 (TLB)
W ith Vacation Bible School season in full swing, and my young grandchildren currently living with us, lately my mind drifts easily to my own childhood VBS experience. For five days in the summer of 1974, my little brother and I climbed up into a brown school bus with “Hillendale Bible Chapel” emblazoned on its side. Minutes later, we were in the parking lot of a little white chapel. I assumed they allowed anyone through the red front doors because no one stopped this unchurched kid from the lower-income neighborhood from walking through them.
Once inside, people we had never met lovingly greeted us. These dear people would lead our activities all week long, but most unforgettable for me were the call and response songs that rattled the rafters of that little chapel. We were making a joyful noise and what a noise it was!
Heavenly Father, thank you for those who shared the good news of Jesus Christ with me. Help me to share it with others whether by my words or my actions. How incredible it is that just speaking the name of Jesus brings peace to our hearts. I want others to know this peace and to know you. In today’s world we all need good news, and I am so grateful that the good news of Jesus Christ does not just drown out today’s headlines but changes our lives and our eternity.
At the end of the week, I nervously approached one of the adult volunteers and asked Jesus into my life. The faith I have today comes from hearing the good news of Jesus Christ in a little white chapel with red front doors filled with faithful believers who did not keep that news to themselves. They opened their doors and their hearts and invited all to hear this wonderful message that not only changed my eternity, but my future.
It was Vacation Bible School that taught me the most important lesson of all: God loves me, is with me, and has a plan for my life.
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