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Written by Rev. Dr. Tom MacMillan

God has power to provide!

“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8).

As the volunteers, children and parents leave the church after the first day of Vacation Bible School I find myself in prayer. I am so grateful for the staff and VBS leaders who have devoted countless hours over the past months so that everything was ready for action this morning. I’m grateful for parents who not only brought their children but who also brought their neighbors and their children. I’m grateful for the teens who are leading their groups and caring for the little ones. And, I’m grateful for the young ones who are so full of wonder.    

But, I’m also praying for the strength of all those who are a part of this year’s VBS. I’m praying that God will abundantly provide for our leaders and volunteers. Today’s theme was “God has power to provide” and that’s what I’m praying for. I’m praying that God will replenish our volunteers. I’m praying that as they serve, as they teach, care and play, God will enliven them, and provide them with all they need. This is the assurance we have, that God is able. God is able to bring on blessings in abundance so that we can share these blessings in abundance with the children who are in our care this week.

Back in the 15th Century Julian of Norwich wrote, “Yet in the times when we’re fleeing and in times when we’re returning, in the times when we’re sorrowing and when we’re rejoicing, in the times when sin takes hold and in the experience of knowing we’re safe in God we are assured that all will be well. We are invited to be content that if we do not know this, we shall. For God may make all things well, God can make all things well, God shall make all things well, God will make all things well and we shall see for ourselves that every kind of thing will be well.”

God has power to provide!

Tom

 

 

 

 

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While on our off-site staff retreat, a few weeks back I came across a framed quote by Mark Twain. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the thingsthat you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I found it fitting for our church.  Trouble is, we value safety and familiarity. We’d love for things to remain unchanged but we know they can’t. So we take a deep breath and ask God to “Grant us 

wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days, for the living of these days.”

We devote ourselves to prayer and the reading of scripture, we become students of our culture, we start listening carefully to our unchurched friends and we learn about global issues impacting our world today. We hoist our sails and get ready for the gust of God’s Holy Spirit to move us forward.

For we know that no matter how good our intentions, without God’s wisdom and life-giving presence we will tend to default to doing what feels good to us.  We will settle for being friendly to one another and letting strangers fend for themselves.  We will make decisions for what is most convenient and comfortable for us and forget the many who are in desperate need of welcome, care, the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

This summer, practice letting God lead you to new and bold destinations. Then ask God toinspire our church toward creative, innovative and community-minded ventures.  

 

Many of these ventures have been noted and put into practice from our Dream Big Sessions back in January. In the next few weeks we will be publishing what we heard and what we’ve done.  But, that’s only the beginning.  God keeps entrusting dreams and visions to us. God keeps sending gusts of inspiration, conviction and 

courage our way.  

 

Let’s hoist the sails.

 

Tom

 

 

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