"But Jonah set out to flee .... from the presence of the Lord." Jonah 1:3
Those words describe Jonah's first action in the brief book that bears his name. Not exactly the actions of a hero. But God worked through him anyhow, because God loved him. Mostly we know him as a result of the story of him being swallowed by a large fish, not because he was a sweetheart of a guy. It is as Frederick Buechner writes, " Within minutes of swallowing the prophet Jonah, the whale suffered a sever attack of acid indigestion, and it's not hard to see why. Jonah had a disposition that was enough to curdle milk." Not exactly high praise.
But again the key is that God loved him and worked through him. And Jonah is part of our family history and one of the folks we will be learning about at Vacation Bible School next week. Our theme this year is "Where love is the tie that binds." God's love for us binds us all together, a huge family, not always lovable, but always loved.
We will sing, play, learn, do for others and simply be together. Come and join us. Raise your voices. At the very least (although it is hardly a least kind of thing) keep this time in your prayers.
In the name of the Creator of all things,
"God hears the prayers of the humble and contrite heart. God sees beyond our family name and sees our innermost being, not for what is was or is but for what it can and will be once God gets a hold of it. God's grace takes our old life and old self and re-creates them into the very image of Christ."
Thursday June 17 7:00 pm Council Meeting
VBS (Vacation Bible School) Monday 6/21, Tuesday 6/22 and Wednesday 6/23
5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday Morning Bible Study @ 10:00 am
Thursday June 24 12:00 pm All Church Luncheon, no RSVP required, no need to bring any thing...come have lunch and just visit!