Confirmation Retreat 2018

Just wanted to share with you an amazing experience from last weekend – April 22.  While on retreat with our Confirmation Class, we celebrated a Sunrise Service on the Beach at Fenwick.  It was glorious!

We had no sooner arrived than the teens noticed a horseshoe crab upside down in the sand.  No one actually wanted to touch the crab, but everyone wanted to find a way to flip this helpless creature over, so that it could go on its way.  Only two problems:  It was big!

Not that big!

And it was ugly!

Yeah!  That ugly!

Sometimes it is difficult for us to comprehend what it means that you and I are created in the image of God.  For me this was a graphic representation that there is a bit of the character of the Almighty One that is beating in our heart also!  1 Timothy 2:4 (GW) says of God:  He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth. It should not surprise us that we want to save “helpless creatures,” because that is the very reason Jesus came to our planet!

It’s the same way with the Son of Man. He didn’t come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people.”  Matthew 20:28, (GW)  And this from Romans 5:6 (NLT) – When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 

Some times we feel nervous or awkward in sharing the Good News of Jesus, but it is just what we were created for!

And –  I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes— Romans 1:16 (NLT)

So go find someone else – who is just as helpless as you to overcome the mistakes of their past, the bad choices they have made, the times when they should have done something compassionate and didn’t – and tell them some good news, that’s just why Jesus is there for you!