What do beavers and pumpkins have in common? Well, on the surface probably not too much, but the kindergarten class learned from Pastor Stanton Sikes in chapel today that beavers have unique roles in the ecosystem. Did you know beaver dams enable about half of all the endangered species in North America to survive? And that was just one of many interesting facts about beavers that Pastor Stanton shared. Why share about beavers in chapel? Because Pastor Stanton was reminding us that God's "invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made..." (Romans 1:20) And, the God who made and gave beavers their purpose has also made and given us purpose: to love God and to love our neighbor. (Matthew 22:37-39)
And what does this have to do with pumpkins? Beavers and pumpkins have this in common: God made them as He chose, according to the design He had for them, and in accordance with His purpose for them. After chapel, the kindergarten class had fun estimating how many seeds would be in a pumpkin, and then opening some up to compare their estimates to reality. Wow! There are a lot of seeds in a pumpkin!