Meridian Avenue Baptist Church

2 Corinthians 4:16, Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Last week I wrote of a 2007 trip to Nicaragua with a mission team from Park Avenue Baptist Church, El Dorado, KS.  As is Park Avenue’s custom, they had prepared and presented a one day Vacation Bible School that was held at a small church in Managua.

A good number of young people had gathered to participate and also some parents and grandparents came and sat quietly while enjoying the events going on around them.  The people of Park Avenue were well prepared for the VBS and had brought a couple of suitcases that were full of crayons and photocopied paper to be colored.  As the crayons and paper were distributed people of all ages were invited to participate.

I moved around the church and was taking photos of those who had gathered.  I happened to come upon a couple of grandmother aged women who were busy coloring their own artwork.  I attempted to get their attention before I took their photo but they never once looked up.  They were fully focused on their crayon work.

The captured photo of that moment is evidence of how, even as we become older, there is still a part of us that remains young.  That given a chance we are once again fresh and youthful.

I marvel at how the word of God becomes fresh over and over.  It is amazing how an often read passage of scripture can suddenly burst forward with new understanding.

Each of us experiences God in some way that is personal to us and he does this over and over again.