Day 3: Shining Stars
Day 3 (Friday 24th June 2011)
With our whole group present and correct (the final five had arrived the evening before), we started our day with some singing and enjoyment. This one was a new song for me, and one we enjoyed very much:
Christ is our light, our food, our air;
He’s everything we’ll ever need.
Christ is our drink, our life, our way,
If in our being, He’d be freed.
1. Sisters: You say He’s mighty God.
Brothers: I say He’s man.
Sisters: Son, Spirit, Father all,
All: He’s rich, O so rich, when we call.
2. Brothers: He’s Son of righteousness,
Sisters: Hope, peace, and faith,
Brothers: The Lamb of God is He,
All: So call on Him now, don’t you wait.
3. Sisters: You say He’s Son of God,
Brothers: And Son of Man,
Sisters: Firstborn among the dead,
All: Firstborn of creation, AMEN!
4. Brothers: Our Lord’s the great I AM,
Sisters: The start, the end.
Brothers: Alpha, Omega,
All: Lord Jesus, come quickly, AMEN!
Somewhat inspired by Day 2’s space-themed day, Day 3 was all about different kinds of stars. Late-morning, some of the group drove around Bel Air and Beverley Hills, following the Star Map which identifies the locations of houses owned by celebrities. We saw… lots of trees! ;) Following that, we had lunch on Rodeo Drive, and then regrouped back in Westwood before saying farewell to the UCLA brothers and sisters, and driving off to our next stop, Riverside!
On the way, the sisters’ van learnt to play “Call Box” – every time someone spotted a call box (a.k.a. a phone box) and declared it, everyone in the van called on the name of the Lord (Romans 10:12): “Oh Lord Jesus!” A great way to keep us turning to our spirit (Romans 8:6) during the long drives.
When we arrived in Riverside, we were a little while with the H’s, and then we were picked up in groups to join the local brothers and sisters for Friday night home meetings. Five sisters and I went to a home meeting up in the hills of Beeston – a beautiful location with a spectacular view, and from where we could clearly see a number of stars (the physical kind). But the real shining stars were the saints, who were mostly young people, enjoying and pursuing the Lord together. Thanks V, for helping me find the following verse!
Therefore also there were born of one, and that of him who had become dead, as many as even the stars of heaven in multitude and as the sand by the seashore innumerable.
Three of us had hospitality with the E family in Corona, so we headed over there after that, and met Snowball, Beauty, and Rusty – my first encounter with a parrot! Hilarious :)