During a recent lesson series in Sunday School,
the children explored the healing hands of Jesus and
also how they could use their hands in the service of Jesus.
Drawing their own hands helped the children explore the possibilities.
Some of you may recall a programme “Children say the Darndest Things”, aired on Springbok Radio on a Saturday morning. We would interpret that as “out of the mouths of babes”.
Through Bible stories I have read to our children over the past three years, these are some of their questions and comments:
The Bible says Sunday is a day of rest, so why do we come to Sunday School on a Sunday?
Instead of letting people die and making new ones, why doesn’t God just keep the ones he’s got?
Is God really invisible? I think he just likes playing ‘hide and go seek’ with us.
How does God know he is God and who made him?
Who takes care of us when God goes on holiday?
These are profound questions that only God can answer and interacting with these little ones can be both joyful and challenging. Their view of life is uncomplicated and simplistic and is it fascinating to observe and listen to their thought processes and what delights their curious minds. They live ‘in the moment’, where the small stuff of only the “Now” matters.
Children are a reminder that to view life through their eyes is to see a beautiful, colourful world, devoid of angst and lived with joy and a sense of wonder. Sadly, this is not the reality for many children in our society today.
For those in my care on a Sunday morning, it remains humbling to help them grow in the grace of Jesus, and they keep me focused on the God of the Small Stuff.
Grace and peace,
Malia Parker (Sunday School Co-ordinator)