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Why VBS is Special to Me

Vacation Bible School is about leading kids to Christ through music, fun, science, shared experiences, scripture and celebration of our faith.   This third year of VBS at St Angela Merici Catholic Church welcomed 150 elementary age children, 12 preschoolers, 59 teens and more than 50 adults to learn that “Jesus’ Love is One of a Kind.”  Coordinating VBS for the last three years has been a true labor of love for me.  Everyone asks what makes VBS such a special experience and why I dedicate so much of my time to organizing it each year. My mom also helps out with VBS every year My answer starts with my own children.   I want my three kids to learn about their faith, to have a relationship with Jesus, and to develop a prayer life.   All these things are enhanced through the VBS experience in a fun and exciting way.   Our faith comes to life during a week of song, snacks and more not only for the kids, but also for myself as well. As an adult, too often I allow the hustle and b

Robin Williams Suicide: A Desperate Choice

Early Monday evening, I checked my Facebook feed, put the phone down, and made dinner. About an hour later, I gave it a quick glance and saw the flood of news that Robin Williams died.   Oh, I sighed, and then the cruel punch hit. Suicide. Just the night before, I introduced my high school daughter to Dead Poets Society , in which one of the teen characters commits suicide. It’s been four years, but that scene isn’t easy to watch without fighting back the twitchy memories of that early morning phone call telling me my godson was dead . Suicide. And now this brilliant comedic actor, whose life work has made me laugh until I cried, leaves me with silent sad tears for his family, for his soul, for his helplessness that led him to this desperate finale. I wasn’t going to write about Robin Williams. Then I read Matt Walsh’s blog post, “Robin Williams didn’t die from a disease, he died from his choice.”   Matt is being hit pretty hard from a lot of sides for stating his vie