Chapel Thanksgivings: Thankful for the Children

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by Leslie Drury

Matthew 18:1-6    

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.’”

 

Our Lord certainly loved children.  Lately I’ve been thinking about my job and how thankful I am for the opportunity to work with children. They are a constant source of joy, laughter, inspiration, and affection in my life. I’ve been at the business of teaching children for 35 years with no end in sight yet. Not only do I spend time with young ones in the classroom, but I have the honor of instructing them at Sunday school too! I thank and praise the Lord for this privilege and I ask for your prayers as I acknowledge the weightiness of this charge that has been laid upon me. There have been humbling moments in those 35 years as sometimes the teacher has become the pupil! But through it all I’ve learned and grown, and I get to be like a kid whenever I want. My favorite saying has always been, “I’m not old, I’ve just been young for a very long time.”

I love my life’s work, it fills me with gratitude every day.   

 

-Leslie Drury, November 8, 2017

 

“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.”
 — Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International

 

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.”
 — Reverend Henry Ward Beecher

 

“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.”
― Lisa Wingate

 

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