A Word from Cary Hendricks

The Frio Canyon is once again filled with the sounds of summer. The days are full of laughter, music, and activity as families and kids enjoy the adventures of LLYC and LLFC. Thankfully, quiet can be found as well. I am learning that the morning hour is valuable time for reflection and prayer.

During a recent morning hour of quiet, I read the account of Jesus (Matthew 13:53-58) returning to his hometown of Nazareth to preach in the Synagogues. He preached with great wisdom and insight. The people who listened could not believe that this man was once the young boy from their hometown.

Sadly, the account concludes with the statement, “And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”

With the people that Jesus knew well, in his hometown of Nazareth, he was met with unbelief. Yet, Jesus did not act out in anger. He didn’t coerce the people to believe. He didn’t manipulate their emotions to get a response. Instead, He did not work in their midst.  He did not do many mighty works there. His hometown of Nazareth missed out on so much that Jesus had to offer because they did not believe.

Will you pray with me that as kids and families come to the familiar place of the Frio Canyon this summer that they will encounter Jesus and believe in new ways? That they will experience Jesus doing “many mighty works there”.

Question to consider:

  • If Jesus were to do mighty works in your life, the life of your family, or amid your community, what would you want him to do?

—Cary Hendricks

Executive Director of Laity Lodge Camping Programs