Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lordyour God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
A “successful” Vacation Bible School can be measured in many ways. Raw numbers, participation, outreach beyond the church community, renewed commitments, children (and parents) drawn into a deeper life of faith.
Over the past five days at WFPC we saw all of this and more, but the most meaningful aspect for me was how beautifully the entire week dovetailed with the overall mission of our church. VBS was obviously a discipleship event, speaking the word of truth into lives, through families, and out into the greater community.
It was marvelous – of course – to have our grandchildren there, and a few of these photographs may possibly focus on a certain five-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother. But I think you will see the overall picture well enough.
This is the story our church is telling, it’s the story of how God loves us and rescues us when we become “Shipwrecked” in so many ways. This week was all about Wake Forest Presbyterian Church being a strong lighthouse, standing as a beacon of hope, about nurturing the light of love and grace inside us, and of shining our hearts out in a needy, broken, often dark world.
This is the story of the Gospel of Light and Love, the Gospel of Grace and Hope. This is the story of Jesus.
Light and strength – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.