Our church begins its annual Sunday School year tomorrow, and you’re invited. What a blessing Sunday School can be, for you and your children.
Didn’t the Wall Street Journal recently note, though, that Sunday School is waning in many churches?
Aren’t kids today busy with school, soccer and birthday parties, and so stimulated by DVD’s, Gameboys and Wiis that by comparison basic Bible stories seem dreary, and there’s little time for them?
Here’s my experience.
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One Sunday when I was four, my mother walked me down the hallway of our church building into Anita Mortensen’s classroom.
There a sweet elderly lady taught me how much God loved me, for he had sent his Son to die for me.
Anita Mortensen is in heaven now, due to the same amazing grace she taught me to trust in, via story after story. I can’t imagine her taking any credit for me being a pastor.
She deserves credit, still.
So does Cheryl Willms, a young lady whose father Clarence drove semi-trailers and farmed outside the small Wisconsin town my family and I lived in.
When Cheryl’s mother became wheelchair bound, did that stop Clarence from taking her to church? No.
Clarence had lost one of his arms to a corn-picker. How do you get your heavy-set wife and her wheelchair into your pickup if you only have one arm? Wouldn’t God understand if you two couldn’t attend anymore?
Clarence built a ramp, and with a rope system he used to pull his wife into the covered back of his pickup.
He’d tie down the wheelchair tightly and take her to church — keeping her company, and keeping warm on cold days, by opening the sliding window between the front of the truck and the back.
My father, their pastor back then, still remembers their determination.
I remember Cheryl’s kindness. She was my Sunday School teacher when I was six, and I had to be in the hospital for days for a hernia operation.
Cheryl came to see me. I don’t recall what she said. I just remember she came.
Would you like to your children to see Christ’s kind, never-give-up love for sinners in action? And have them learn story after story of eternal truth?
Bring them regularly to a good Sunday School.
Rev. Daniel A. Witte, pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, can be reached at 747-5564. For more information, see www.rsavior.com. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday’s Herald, written by local clergy members.