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Finally, our adventures in Hogwarts would not be complete without a visit to Olivanders and the receiving of a Wizard’s wand. Each of our VBS 12 graduates received a hand turned wooden wand. On the first day of VBS, I asked all the children to recall as many of the ‘spells’ as they could from the books. We tried them all and guess what? None of them worked. Go figure. A wand is just a stick and will always be a stick.
But these wands have a special memory for us. They remind us of the wood that Jesus carried up the hill of Golgotha for the love of the world. Because he carried his wooden cross to share the greatest gift of love, dying for our sin, we too carry our wooden wands to act as reminders for us to say our prayers. For, indeed, the power of God (the ‘magic’ if you will) will be at hand when we say our prayers and go forth boldly proclaiming the love of God to all of creation! As we sing every day, “I Love you and God loves you, and that’s the way it should be!”
Holy Cross Episcopal Church
19179 Center St
Castro Valley CA 94546