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Rings and Promises

Yesterday my granddaughter got enrolled as a Girl Guide. When a Girl Guide gets enrolled, she makes a promise.

“I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to my God and my country, to help other people and to keep the Guide Law.”

Once the girl has made the promise, a badge, called a trefoil, is pinned onto her uniform reminding her of the promise she made.

In our case, this was a very special trefoil. It had belonged to my mother who was a Guider about sixty years ago. My daughter was enrolled with it and now, my granddaughter.

It is similar in tradition and sentiment to getting married with your grandmother’s wedding ring. A ring is a symbol of the promises you made on your wedding day.

Unfortunately, keeping a promise is no longer a sign of honour or integrity. One only has to look at the percentage of divorces to realise that most people do not honour the promises they made “…till death us do part.”

It is hard to teach children the value of a promise when the adults around them set such a bad example.

God is not like us. He keeps His promises. Always.

Jesus said,”…whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37b). That famous passage, John 3:16 reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)

God has made a promise. Whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life. You can trust this promise. You can bet your life on it. Christians do.

This post is part of Stream of Consciousness

Camp big Top

When I saw this week’s prompt, I couldn’t resist adding it to this post. This last weekend saw the highlight of our Girl Guide term, Camp Big Top. The theme was the Circus and our patrols were the Acrobats and the Clowns. Because the night temperatures are around 3 degrees, we pitched our tent in the Brownie Hall. The whole camp idea in May had come from the Brownies anyway – there are 26 of them and seven Guides.

The Guide Programme started with tie dying T shirts thanks to Lesley Timms of Rainberry. It was a different technique to the one I knew and the results were spectacular.

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Saturday afternoon was spent making a camp gadget out of sticks and string.

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Later it was collecting wood and making fires to cook supper on.

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Of course camp wouldn’t be camp without a campfire.

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The Guides played stalk the lantern while the Brownies settled into bed. They then had to creep back without disturbing the Brownies and get themselves ready for bed. They were very responsible and only talked in whispers which we eventually had to quieten.

Sunday was making omelettes in a bag for breakfast and then a game of Circus Fair-type challenges. The Brownie Guiders excelled themselves, decorating the area, dressing up and organising amazing games. The Guide Guiders ran the tight rope.

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Other stalls included Stack the tumblers…

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and dress up

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Closing ceremony came all too quickly but not before six Guides had passed their Outdoor Cooks badge. I think everybody enjoyed themselves and can’t wait for the next camp.