Friday was the last day of our VBS. Since it was also 5 minute Friday, I let that take precedence over this post. A week has passed since that happened. Wow! A lot has happened since then. We were in Austin visiting family, my site experienced many technical difficulties, yada, yada… Now I’m back, so we’ll continue where we left off a week ago Friday.
Friday of VBS, we finished the book of Esther. Friday was the end. It was the day our 12 kids were flying high. They were also trying to get in the points so their team could win! We didn’t have any new Bible verses to learn that day. It was all review and learn extra credit verses. So that is what they worked on during pauses…one at a time! Now, the rest is up to GOD. Do you think He can handle it?
GOD’S PEOPLE PRAISE GOD FOR THEIR PROTECTION
Scripture Passage: Esther 8:15-10:3
Scripture Memory: Review verses for the week
Extra Credit: Psalm 9:1-11 (NIV)
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
4 For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
5 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
8 and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
At the end of Day 5, we had a short program for the parents as they picked up the kids…followed by ice cream treats. For many of the kids in our group, this is their last year to participate in VBS…at our church.
Have you ever read the book of Esther? If you haven’t, or it has been a long time, take a few minutes and read it. It will take less time than it takes to watch a sitcom. It is really only 9 full chapters. The 10th has only 3 verses! Do you know what is so memorable about this book? It never once mentions GOD’s name, but His sovereign providence is seen everywhere in the many apparent coincidences that occur.
Stop and read it, or better yet, sit down and read it with your family. It is a great story and one that will encourage your heart!