We are wrapping up a long and arduous week at my church. Vacation Bible school comes to an end today. What a week! Last year, we had
119 children on the first night. This year, we started with 153! And we seem to increase every night.
I am so grateful for the people who work so hard for VBS, both during the week and in preparation. Many hours of labor are put in so that we might tell the boys and girls of the wonderful love of Jesus. It is exhausting work. But it also is exhilarating work.
I remember my first vacation Bible school in my church in Michigan. It was the summer of 1998, and we were holding registration in the parking lot on a Saturday morning. At least three different times, parents pulled out their checkbooks and asked, “How much is registration?” They were amazed when we assured them that there was no cost.
I remember one who insisted that we accept a donation. But others could not believe that we would care for and teach their children at no cost for a week.
There is a reason we do such, and it is a simple one. The Bible says, “We love because he first loved us.” The truth of the matter is simple. Love would not be possible without the Lord. I know there are some who might disagree. But it is our Creator who made us with the capacity to love. And he shows us how to love by giving us his love.
Have you experienced the matchless love of God in your life? I trust that you have. The Bible tells us this. “God is love.” His love for us is beyond our imaginations. I pray that you will discover it. It will change your life.