Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/17/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Dodge City First UMC
Dodge City District
Elkhart UMC
Richfield UMC
Dodge City District
Fowler UMC
Dodge City District
Garden City First UMC
Dodge City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Deuteronomy 11:18-20

 Place these words I’m speaking on your heart and in your very being. Tie them on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol. Teach them to your children, by talking about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. Write them on your house’s doorframes and on your city’s gates.

Today's Devotional

As I write this devotion, we are in the midst of vacation Bible school “season.” I just spent 15 minutes on Facebook looking at VBS pictures from the church in which I grew up. The church I currently attend will be holding “Vacation Bible Camp” in mid-July. As I drive around town, I see signs and banners in the yards of several churches announcing their versions of this wonderful tradition.
I love vacation Bible school. I have done so since I was a small child. When I was a child, VBS represented a special time during the summer months when I could see my friends, spend time learning Bible stories, sing about God and Jesus, and make models of the Tabernacle or Moses’ pitch-lined basket. It was FUN! (It was also a LONG time ago and VBS crafts are very different these days!)
Later, as an adult helper I loved seeing the excitement of the children who came to VBS. Sometimes I just guided children from one learning station to another. Sometimes I helped with crafts – or just doled out the traditional cookies and weak Kool-Aid!
But what I most enjoyed was my usual role when I was serving as a pastor – storyteller. Because that is the purpose of Vacation Bible School. Whether as a jungle or space explorer, camp director, or even as “Pastor Yoda” (complete with green face), the “storyteller” tells the Bible stories in language that the children can understand. The point of VBS is to tell the story of our heritage as children of God – to pass down the story of God’s great love for humankind to the next generation.
The Israelites were instructed in Deuteronomy to cherish God’s commandments, etching them in their minds, hearts, and souls. Then they were to teach them to the next generations – at home, at work, and everywhere they went. Sadly, today many children are not taught God’s story in their homes. The only contact many children have with the church – or with God’s story – is when they attend VBS for a few days in summer. What a joy it is to introduce those children to God and to Jesus and to pass the story of God to another generation – and I believe that this brings joy to God, as well.
                                                                                                -- Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder

Prayer for Reflection

Help each of us, Loving God, find ways to share your story with another generation – whether through Vacation Bible School, Church school, or in everyday conversation. Amen.


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