Vacation Bible School starts tomorrow. This will be my 13th year to direct VBS at First Baptist Lexington. Over the past 13 years VBS has been one of the highlights of our summer. I remember directing VBS when Carter was only 3 weeks old. I remember the very next year finding out that Xander had cancer and VBS was the very next week. The year Charli decided she wanted to use the toilet and not wear diapers anymore was of course........the week of VBS. McClain went to VBS when she was only 5 weeks old. Last year my very sick and frail Xander made it to every day of VBS except one and he only missed because he made a quick trip to Kansas City. This year, 2014, our family will attend VBS without Xander. Tonight I am laying out 5 VBS shirts instead of 6. I will take the kids picture tomorrow morning and Xander will be missing. I'm not quite sure what to do. I'm not quite sure of how I will hold my head up this week. My heart aches in ways I never knew it could. I close my eyes and picture Xander and he seems so out of reach and so far away.
This week our VBS scripture is 1 Peter 3:15 " but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you"
Our kids will study the many miracles that Jesus performed while on this earth. They will learn that Jesus was more than just a good man. Our kids will study the evidence that God really did send His son to die on the cross for our sins. They will study the resurrection of our Lord and they will know how to tell others that Jesus is ALIVE and that He offers salvation to us all.
The hope that is in me is because of Jesus. The hope that will carry my family through this week and through the rest of our lives is found in Jesus.
Know why you have hope. Always be ready to defend it!
Walk with me down VBS memory lane.............
|Xander, 6 months old VBS 2002|
|Xander (& Kaden) VBS 2003, 18 months old|
|VBS 2004, Carter 1 yr and Xander 2 1/2 yrs|
|VBS 2005 Xander 3 1/2 yrs and Carter 2 yrs|
|VBS 2006 Xander and Carter (Charli must have been in the nursery)|
|VBS 2007 Charli 1 1/2 yrs|
|VBS 2008 Xander age 6 1/2 yrs|
|VBS 2009 McClain 5 weeks|
|My favorite one! VBS 2010|
Xander loved those green converse
|VBS 2012 Xander 10 1/2 yrs, Carter 9 yrs, Charli 6 yrs and McClain 3 yrs|
|VBS 2013 7 weeks before Jesus called Xander home|