The Littler Side of GracePosted by Andy
This summer we have seen big examples of grace but this week,we have had the opportunity to see some of the smaller examples as well.
This week I have spent a lot of time with the Homesteaders. The Homesteaders are 4th and 5th graders and they are the ones who spent time with the pioneers on Tuesday. Both of my grace stories come from them.
Yesterday one of our campers celebrated his birthday. The kitchen staff made him a special cake and everyone sang to him. He started by sharing the small cake with his cabin and the staff members who were sitting with them at dinner (which I was one of). He still had a couple pieces left and he wasn’t sure who to give them to. In the end, he decided to offer one to the member of the kitchen staff who had brought out the cake to him and the last piece, he offered to his sister who is also a camper this week. She came over and got her piece of cake and then went back to her own table and shared the small piece with her cabin. I know that if I had been in that situation, I wouldn’t of shared with my sister and it was awesome to see so much grace from someone so young.
My second story also happened yesterday. We have three worships a day, 1 that the staff plan and 2 that a cabin plan. We were at a camper worship that the Parks cabin had planned and one of the boys got up to read the lesson. He had some problems keeping his spot within the passage but the rest of the campers just sat there quietly and waited for him to figure it out. Other kids that I know would of gotten restless or jumped up to do it themselves. Then we get to the last song of the worship. We were singing Sanctuary and the boys of Parks were helping to lead it. The song wasn’t perfect and there was some wrong words, but it was a powerful reminder to the staff that it doesn’t have to perfect when we are singing to the Lord, we just have to keep praising Him. As a vocalist, this is something that I tend to forget. It was really amazing to realize that these elementary school kids had taught me something.
Grace is all around us, in the big and the small. It is just a matter of looking for it. Where have you seen grace this week?
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