We can’t resist. Whenever we see a newborn we scan the features to see whom the baby favors. Never mind that the head is still misshapen and it’s hard to get a good look at the eyes. The speculation begins.
But really you can’t tell about such things until the baby is becoming a toddler. As the fat cheeks slim and a neck emerges, as hair fills in and eyes take on a steady color, then we can really see what the little one looks like.
With a week of joint Vacation Bible School, I believe we’re getting to that toddler stage in our relationship with Westwood Baptist Church. We had done a couple of Thanksgiving services together, and our women had gotten together. But with the VBS week we’ve begun to see what this “baby” will really look like.
This year, rather than doing our own VBS, we joined in Westwood’s. They have VBS in the evenings, and all ages join in. They have worship, dinner, classes, and recreation (like learning to play drums, play soccer, or praise dance). So it was great fun for us St. Giles folks. Hopefully we added to the joy for the Westwood saints. They said we did. And the traits of these common life endeavors began to show their look.
And there’s more to come. Church on the Avenue, the new church meeting in Mary Munford School, also joined us in the VBS week. The three of us are investigating how we can bless Thomas Jefferson High School next year. It’s the closest high school, and it has some real challenges. Our service there will take on a different look through our combined efforts. We’re not sure where that will lead, but we believe God is calling forth new looks in this corner of his Kingdom.
He does that, you know. There is endless fascination in discovering the look of his latest creation. And there’s even more fun in being a part.