As the early morning hours turned from darkness to dawn, several of us woke up at the church. The morning of the lock-in. As adults and youth began to stir and the sounds of waking up, gathering up, and cleaning up took place, I was once again thankful for this group who had fun together and grew in faith and relationship over the last twelve hours.
To continue the weekend theme of "intergenerational," tomorrow we have the Confirmation Class Cookout at our congregation. About forty-five folks (students and families) plan to gather to share a meal and see the projects the students are to have completed about their last year or years of being in confirmation class. I am looking forward to what “stuck” with these teens, and considering how it might help us teachers in the years to come.
I suppose, to sum it all up, the thought for today is actually a full heart. Last night in our devotions before bed, we read the passage from the Gospel of Luke, the 18th chapter, verses 15-17: Now people were even bringing their babies to [Jesus] for him to touch. But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. But Jesus called for the children, saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
So, with a full heart, and the positive example by the youth from last night, I say...
Blessings. And...isn't this a great drawing of Jesus and children I found on the web?!