Where Did It Go?!
Can you believe that we are already celebrating Labor Day? It just seems that the summer just zoomed on by us. It seems like days ago, a handful of us were beginning the long and trial filled but ultimately rewarding production of Jesus Christ Superstar (which began while school was still in session LAST spring). Now, the kids are back in school and for many of us the busyness continues or begins to grow. However, the summer season of Disciple Day fun refused to end until we had one final bash with even more followers joining us.
The event listed promised fun with lots of games, food, and fellowship. Little did we know that the youngsters would improvise their own acidity. Bring out a football and a soccer ball (which became a dodgeball) and they were all set with some adult athletes joining in the fun.
As I stated, we had a huge group form at the old foundry building in town. Thanks to Luther and Lynn who arranged the entire event! Hamburgers (with or without cheese, please), hot dogs and all the fixins, a fire pit, and kids and more adults than ever before all had an enjoyable time joining in football, or just sitting around talking and enjoying each others company. I spent a large portion of the evening entertaining two little ones by bouncing them up and down on my knee. I felt like Bill Cosby in the episode where he gave Rudy’s friends horsey rides and by the end was completely worn. Well, maybe I wasn’t completely worn, but…
A very special gathering took shape shortly after everyone had finished eating. Newcomer Fred gathered the kids into our typical circle (?…. SERIOUSLY NEXT SATURDAY I AM GOING TO TAKE MY OWN CAMERA to take a picture of our circles… HAHA). Being a slightly bigger kid, I gathered as well. Fred very eloquently spoke to the children about “enticement.” Chris rose his hand and asked what the word meant. Fred warned us all not to be persuaded, lured, dragged down by the glamour and seductive things that is all around us that has been placed there by the the devil, himself. He told them that as a child, he got into mischief… as we all did. But with prayer and love and with the help of Jesus… JESUS… JESUS, we can all be rewarded with a place in God’s kingdom. A reward far beyond anyone’s imagination. To conclude our circle time, Fred asked if anyone sang. I led some of us in a refrain of “This Little Light of Mine.” Luther thanked me. HOW AWESOME!
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace; whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies-in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. AMEN.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)
What a great way to end one season and to look forward to a new one filled with making even more new disciples! Here’s to many more.
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15)