The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, September 26, 2021 comes to us from Jim Harris of Virginia.
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
After nearly 70 years I still have a clear memory of the nursery class in my childhood church. Miss Mable made the Bible stories come alive for us. She let us help tell the story as we placed felt-back cutout figures of Bible characters on a board covered with flannel. When she told us the story of Noah and the ark, we loved deciding where to place the lions and donkeys and other animals on the ark.
I am eternally grateful to Miss Mable for her patient, loving instruction. But her love for each of us was even more important and helped us begin to understand the unconditional love of God. When I was struggling with my faith as a young adult, I remembered the love of Miss Mable and the other people in that church. On a return visit, I was warmly welcomed. My life was transformed by seeing the gospel live out in others’ lives.
Sunday School Teachers.
Thought for the Day:
How am I living the gospel for others to see?
Thank you, Lord, for children. Guide those who teach them with your love and grace. Help us to encourage and support others who lead children in learning about Jesus. Amen. –Jim Harris
Friends – I didn’t experience my version of “Miss Mable” until I was a member of Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) in high school. The Rev. Don Mohlstrom was the associate pastor at the church where I belonged and was the advisor of that youth group. He was patient with all my doubts, questions, confusion, and struggles as a stepdaughter. I invite you to call to mind the one or ones who were “Miss Mable” for you. How did she or he represent the love of God in your life?