part of our summer tradition is to create a bucket list at the beginning of the summer which serves as a kind of agenda for us, giving us some goals to reach throughout the summer. some of the items are annual traditions, and some are brand new activities. this year we decided to try and color an entire coloring book together as a family over the course of the summer. we bought one that would be interesting to children and adults, and we had a ton of fun working on it and using our creativity. we had help from my two sisters on two of the pages, but the rest was all us. here are most of the pages (27 of them), although they didn't fit evenly, so i had to leave out 4 or 5. what do you think?
in our church, we are continuing with a series called "letters from Jesus," in which we are looking at the seven letters in the beginning of revelation addressed to seven churches in asia. we are imagining what it would be like if we were to receive a hand-written letter from Jesus to our church. what would it say? how would we be encouraged? how would we be challenged? we've looked at three of the letters now. this week we looked at the letter to the church in pergamum. the letter to them includes some harsh criticism of some of their behavior, but it also says that Christ understands how difficult their situation is. and in case they feel like they are stuck in their sinfulness, Jesus says something amazing to them: i will give you a new name. the world gives us so many names, doesn't it? our parents, of course, give us our birth names. but the naming doesn't stop there. it continues right on through elementary school, high school, and into t