Hello everyone! Man did we have a full day today!
This morning we started off with devotions and I read to the team Psalm 63. I challenged the team to think about how we have been blessed on this trip and why we should praise God. As we were riding into town I was struck with the notion of how blessed we are to not be alone on our journey with God. We are connected to those of the past, those around us, and those from other parts of the world. We are not created to be alone.
Our guide Ciara started us off at Dublina, a museum explaining the Viking and Irish history of Dublin. I had no idea that many parts of Ireland we were once under the control of Vikings!
Next, we went to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. For those who don’t know the Book of Kells is one of the oldest surviving books we have. It is an anient recording of the Gospels written in Latin around 800ad. Also, part of the tour was visiting their historical library, including several historical busts that were fun to take selfies with 🙂 As I was walking around the Book of Kells exhibit and the library I was once again struck by the significance of this place. We cannot out run away from or ignore our history as Christians. We are forever linked to those who came before. We are not alone. We can look to our past for inspiration and community.
We spent much of our afternoon walking around and shopping in downtown Dublin. The team was very excited to load up on Irish souvenirs for themselves, friends, and family. Trust me, they did a good job. I got myself a real Irish wool cap and I look very dapper in it!
After that we went with our guides, Ciara and Aoife, to Eustace St. Meeting House for an unprogrammed worship service. For many of our students this was their first experience with it and I know there was some apprehension. However, the people there were nothing but welcoming and over joyed that we were there. We spent close to an hour after the service talking and drinking tea with them. While we were there we met a lady named Margaret Benefiel who originally was part of the NWYM at Reedwood. We couldn’t believe it. Again, we are not alone in our relationship with Christ, no matter where we go. Christ continues to bless us with community. We also met a couple of very impressive teenagers who may come to Yearly Meeting in a few weeks! Your kids did a wonderful job of including them into our group and asking them insightful questions.
Finally, we finished our day with Epilogues again. Mandy and Sky reminded us that we are never alone in Christ by reading and sharing Psalm 23.
Starting tomorrow the kids will begin writing blog posts. Stay tuned!
Again, your children may be some of the most impressive I have ever been around. Nice work team!