|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 11, 2021 at 9:05 AM|
We all have those moments or coincidences that occur when something you have been thinking about or pondering seems to present itself in many different places. It can be the most obvious like internet tracking when you are searching for a car and suddenly, every site you open contains a pop up about a car. The meaningful incidences are what I am thinking of though. You’ve been struggling with something, and a friend brings up the exact same subject and their action or take on it. Or you are beginning to feel a little lost and in need of faith and hope and suddenly you see an occurrence in nature, hear a moving passage at church or a friend sends you a special quote that speaks to exactly what you are feeling. For those of strong Christian faith, these are believed to be not merely coincidental, but rather God speaking to us through others or other avenues. He presents challenges in our lives to often test our faith, but we believe and trust in him to overcome even our greatest obstacles. The strength of our faith can move mountains and enable us to navigate even the toughest of circumstances.
A similar occurrence happened to me only yesterday when I read a passage in one of my devotions from Ephesians 6, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”. For any of you who may have been at church last week or this past Sunday morning, you will know this was the entire theme of our VBS that took place on our back lawn last week. How shocked I was to read this exact passage referring to our chant and pieces of armor we assembled last week only a few days after it ended. My thoughts went immediately to how great is it to see this passage that was so instrumental in teaching the kids last week and to remind me of the impact we had on young minds and their faith.
VBS was wonderful last week, finally in person and outside with beautiful weather and only one day masked inside due to rain. It was truly God looking over us and blessing us with over 20 kids for four days, a couple hours each day. The kids were delighted to be together creating their armor of God, learning about the strength of the Lord and his power, dancing, singing, and growing in their faith. It truly was a magical week with the most amazing volunteers and so perfect to be followed by an outdoor Family Service on Sunday, where some of our kids made a reappearance with their armor and the amazing Mr. Matt got to lead us in our fun songs once again. With that momentum and inspiration in August, we now look toward September 12th to launch Sunday School, also now planned for outdoors. Please be on the lookout in the newsletter for an online registration form and more details.