There are many reasons why I love our church. If I could even put it into words just how much I love it, I would have lots to write. Because seriously. L-O-V-E.
This week, Annalise unknowingly illustrated a few of the reasons why our church is so wonderful…
Last Sunday, she and several other little people from her Kids’ Bible Class recited the scripture passage they’ve been memorizing (Isaiah 40:25-31).
*Sidenote. That sentence alone demonstrates THREE of the many reasons why we love Sunrise. 1) Emphasis – for ALL ages – on memorizing God’s Word. Because how can we really live it if we don’t really know it? 2) Kids’ Bible Class. An amazing class for little people taught by a precious woman of God, who does an incredible job of making God’s Story come alive for them. Seriously, every church needs this class… And Renee. Except we’re not willing to give her up. 3) Little people getting the opportunity to share God’s Word with others? I like the priorities.
So they recited their passage as I sat there in the front row, beaming. And crying. Obviously.
A few days later while we were on a walk, Annalise said to me, “Mommy, Sunday was my FAVORITE church day EVER. Because I got to say God’s Word to the WHOLE CHURCH… And Auntie Nee was there… Aaaaannnnd I could see Mrs. Enright smiling at me… Aaaaaannnd Pastor Phil was smiling at me, too… And Mommy? YOU were crying happy tears. And Daddy was videoing me, because he was so proud.”
Yep, love my church. Love Kids’ Bible Class. And even though I know they weren’t looking just at her, love Auntie Nee, Mrs. Enright, and Pastor Phil. And all the people here that help us grow.
And really love that my girl’s favorite church day ever is the one where she gets to share God’s Word.
We are blessed.
25 “To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you say, oh Jacob?
And complain, oh Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not faint.
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