VBS Reflections: Let the Children Come

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Mark 10:14

We lived through those final moments of VBS, as Day 5 has now come and gone. It was the ending to a week where I saw people giving completely of themselves so as to impact young lives with the love of Jesus. I saw joy and love everywhere I went this week — even in those moments hard and exhausting. But I suppose those trying moments are to be expected, and maybe rejoiced over, because: holy work is hard and it is exhausting. So, for all moments good, give glory and for all those moments difficult, praise Him for the gospel work being accomplished.

Day 5 was especially unique. Where we have journeyed and visited the lives of several people, adults, and their encounters with Jesus, on this day we found ourselves viewing the heart of Jesus from a new perspective. As we read through our story, there was a beautiful moment that occurred in our room full of little ears, it was the moment when they realized the story today…was about them. I saw looks of wonder when they heard Jesus’ words in the story found in Mark 10, as He welcomed the children to Himself. A week of building upon truths, a week of revealing who Jesus is and of His love for us, all seemed to connect for so many today as they heard this story.

The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches. – Charles Hodge

I love that this week, the grace of the gospel was not watered-down for the ears of children. They heard the full truth of a Redeemer who sees us, knows us, and has come to save us. It is not a difficult message and their hearts certainly are able to understand it. Jesus himself modeled to us the importance of bringing the children to Him. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this valuable ministry and I am so grateful that my children were shown Jesus all week by all the precious teachers working with them and serving them. There was no place unimportant this week: every rotation and every volunteer played a role in pointing children to the Life-Giver.

What a wonderful week of VBS!

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