It's not hard to spot a common theme in our recent assemblies - danger and rescue! In small teams (of local church volunteers and workers) as Open the Book Storytellers, we get lots of opportunities to reflect on key Bible stories. We get together regularly to plan how we'll tell the stories in Primary Schools, planning a couple of assemblies at a time. There are often new ideas to help bring the story to life and people far more talented at such things than I am get busy making amazing outfits and props over the days to come. We've got a great selection by now, as you can see above. Some of us tell the story in schools just once, but many are involved in more than one school. For us, telling and retelling these stories leads to reflection on the millenia-long relationship between God and people. The relationship has had a lot of ups and downs - and many divine rescues have been needed! The rescuer we've presented lately have often been of a surprising nature - a boy save his nation from oppression by taking on a giant threat; an enormous fish saves a drowning runaway prophet; a prince saves his best friend from his murderous father the King and an angel closes the mouths of deadly lions!
I'm encouraged to know that, no matter what the predicament, there's a God who is able to rescue me. I may not know how the help will come, but I know who will send it - as David says:
'1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains--
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.'
Blog Author - Wendy Swan
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