Isaiah 43 (Click to view the scripture)
This scripture passage is very long, so I will give you a summary. The Lord is telling Isaiah and the people of Israel that He is their God and that he will always be there for them. He is their beginning and their end, He makes all things possible, including water in the deserts and shelters from the storms. He will gather His people from all ends of the earth because He made everyone. Yet He professes that we are not faithful and we that we are all sinners, even from the beginning with our “first father”.
Today we talked with Johannes about things that we can do to help prepare for Kinderbiebeltage and he was able to give us some small tasks, such as raking the backyard (garden) of the church where the “city” will be set up. See there are a lot of plum and apple trees around and when these fruits fall to the ground the wasps (wespen) love them. So as a way to deter the wasps from hanging around the area where 60+ kids will be running, we are going to do our best to rake up the fruit and get rid of the wasps. Johannes also gave our kids a job to do…during Kinderbibeltage they will have the opportunity to earn and spend money on various items at the “store”, so my children need to separate the perforated money that Johannes has printed off for the weekend. They had 1, 3, and 5 Kindertallers and about 100 sheets of each denomination needed to be separated. The kids will be working on this all week and have thankfully not given us too much complaining about helping. We also started talking about school for the kids and making sure everything is situated. Chris, our friend from Madison, has set Anjali up with the Gymnasium for grades 5-12 and Johannes has set up the school for David and Lucia, which is right next to the church. As for work for us, we are all busy raking and separating Kindertallers! Our focus right now is to help in anyway possible and do the work that God puts before us, since this whole journey is about His plan, not ours!
I do want to make a note of the amazing bells that ring from St. Jakobi every day on the hour and at 15, 30, and 45 past the hour. At 12:00 and 18:00 (aka 6:00 pm) it is a song of bells for about 1-2 minutes. They are absolutely beautiful. Jeff was able to take a video of the bells at 18:00, in my opinion the song is much better. Johannes offered to take us up to the bell tower once the weather is not as hot, and we are all looking forward to that opportunity. St. Jakobi Kirch is absolutely beautiful, smelling of old wood when you walk in. Your eyes are quickly focused on the large crucifix above the altar and then to the stained glass depictions of various bible stories, such as the Good Samaritan and Jesus with the children.