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God Is With You Everywhere. VBS Day 2

July 5, 2022

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

They say home is where the heart is, and I suppose that’s true enough. But what about when your heart is where you aren’t able to be?

We woke to the sound of rain outside our chosen temporary home, the MartINN (I don’t want to live in a world where someone doesn’t think of naming a hotel in Martin the MartINN). The rain would last throughout the day, but it wasn’t a bother. It took away the heat, which was a lovely thing for the rain to do. We are happy here in our home away from home; part of my heart, after all, lives in Martin. And our Slovak friends are from here. They’re already home.

But as I reviewed today’s curriculum this morning, I was struck by today’s key point: God is with you everywhere. The suggested script for the day indicated that I should ask the kids how far they’ve ever been from home. It’s a good question for kids who have taken vacation; a great question for kids to help them recall how they overcame a move from one place to another.

But to ask displaced five-year-old children? No. They need not be put on the spot and forced to talk about their journey from home and family in Ukraine, forced by war to leave home. I imagine if they could articulate the thought, they might say that both heart and home have been left behind. At least for now. God willing, not for long.

So perhaps better to say, home is where your God is

Our Bible story today found us inprison with Joseph, forced far from his home. And, seemingly, from his heart. But God was with him and, tiptoeing once more toward the trite, that’s all that mattered.

And so we sang, and danced, and laughed. And the kids made crafts (see the top picture) and played parachute games indoors because of the rain. A good time was had by all! But most of all – I hope, I pray – these children caught a glimpse of the presence of God in their lives. Here. Today. Monumentally.

Tonight, after a free afternoon, we gathered for worship at St. Margaret’s Church in Turčianske Jaseno. The church dates to the 13th century (you can read more about it here), not too long after the arrival of Cyril and Methodius, the Apostles to the Slavs whose feast day was celebrated today. Adrian reminded us in his sermon that to follow Christ may make us houseless, but it will never leave us homeless. Freedom, after all, is losing ourselves as we are yoked to Christ. Yoked to Christ, we are always already home.

From → Slovakia 2022

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