Meet Up With Jesus

That was the theme of today’s vacation bible school and it seemed a proper title.  Considering it was the first day, things went relatively smooth.  There were pretty few glitches in the process, the only real problems coming from a couple of unruly kids.  Here’s a few snapshots of the morning’s activity:

Zoie and Matthew (from Bethel) playing "Jello" with a couple of early arrivals
Candace and Emma (Bethel) chatting up a couple of kids
Things are underway with Sing and Play time
Snack time!
Fun and Games
Bible stories
Arts and Crafts

In the afternoon, the groups split again and mine went to what we thought was an all-volunteer, no-kill animal shelter.  That wasn’t quite the case, though; in reality, it was a county shelter which euthanized animals if they hadn’t been adopted after a certain length of time.  The conditions weren’t what I’d call ideal, but they were minimally acceptable.  The animals, however, the animals were a different story.  If there’s anything that will show you just sorry human beings can be, it’s visit to an animal shelter.  Those commercials for the ASPCA playing “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan are, unfortunately, all too accurate.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

The Bethel youth group practices a tradition called “Where I saw God”.  During evening worship, whoever feels led can stand up and tell where they saw God during the day.  Today, I saw God in these kids who were heart-broken at the condition of these dogs.  I saw God while watching these kids, who normally bitch and moan about cleaning their rooms or scrubbing a toilet, walk around in the muggy heat scooping up dog poop with no complaint.  I saw God in these kids who loved on some poor, mistreated animals that may never have felt a loving touch from a human and, quite possibly, will never feel it again.  I saw God in these kids who practiced Creation Care without even realizing that’s what they were doing; it wasn’t some high ideal for them, they did it because it was the right thing to do.  To be fair, I’ve seen God in them ever since we got here, but it was never more clear than it was today.  And, I’ve never been more proud of them than I was today.