One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” After laying hands on them, he left. – Matthew 19:13-15
So: Vacation Bible School.
Enough said! VBS is most definitely one of those “pictures speak louder than words” scenarios. Children, beautiful and enthusiastic. Teen and adult VBS helpers, also beautiful and enthusiastic.
So I grabbed some images Thursday evening. I have carefully blurred any nametags, and I made sure to restrict the “no-photos” kids to blend in with the crowd scenes (if folk from WFPC spot an error, let me know and I’ll fix it ASAP).
I have to tell you (actually, I don’t, I’m sure you already know), seeing Wake Forest Presbyterian’s Christian Life Center full to bursting with vibrant Christian life – children, teens, and adults of all ages bouncing around and praising God with all their energy from the tops of their heads to the tips of their toes – is always such a shot of encouragement and inspiration every single time.
The good news is that this doesn’t only happen at VBS, but every time we gather together as people of faith.
One more note on the pictures. The long, narrow photo (along with the preceding two images) is from the “sing-off” between the kids and the helpers. The helpers did very well, but it was the sheer volume – along with their ability to jump 12-inches off the ground – that tipped the contest in favor of the children.
Kudos to Katherine Peiper (Wake Forest Presbyterian Church director of Family, children, and youth ministries), along with her staff and close to 100 volunteers, for putting together such a marvelous week of fun and spiritual growth.
Enjoy these photographs and then ask yourself this question: “What would it take to bring this level of commitment and enthusiasm to my own journey as a child of God?”
I’ll see you in church this summer – 10:00 in the sanctuary for the next ten weeks.
In love, and because of enthusiastic, overflowing, vibrant love – 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.