God Knows His Own
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. ~ PSALM 9:10 (KJV)
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
~ ECCLESIASTES 11:9 (KJV)
“Oh make us aware, dear God, of daily graces that come to us with sweet surprise from never-dreamed-of places.” *
When I was a Sunday school teacher of junior high students, there was a boy, Johnny, and his sister, who were brought to church every Sunday by their grandmother, Mrs. Mower. Johnny was helpful in handing out the lessons and other craft materials and was always a good listener, but he also teased others by taking crayons or tapping students on the head from behind.
Johnny and his sister moved to California. One day years later, Mrs. Mower approached me to say she had visited them and that Johnny wanted to know if I was still at the church. He wanted his grandmother to make sure that I knew he had become a preacher!
Sunday school teachers often wonder how much of their teaching is absorbed concerning the Word of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord, for touching Johnny’s heart and for his becoming a preacher. Praise to you, Lord, for my winning of a soul for you, and for the souls Johnny is winning. I will always be grateful that my teaching may have contributed to Johnny’s life and to his loving our Lord and Savior. Praise to you, Lord, that Johnny is using his ability to minister to others.
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, thank you for the Bible and all it teaches. We all need you to become what you want us to be. Thanks for the youth who come to Sunday school and listen to your Word. Thank you, too, dear Lord of all, for great and small blessings and for the suffering Jesus had to bear for our sins. In your precious name, amen.
HELEN DUNK, ZION COMMUNITY CHURCH
*A Collection of Hope by Helen Steiner Rice