“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old– what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:1-4, NIV).
Ace came out of Sunday school today, precious papers in hand. There stood Moses with the tablets of stone bearing the Ten Commandments. Black ruled as the color of choice in this paper, glue and crayon creation. Another colorful page with sticker and crayon embellishments told the story of Abraham and Lot, explaining that Abraham acted kindly, letting Lot choose his land first. The reverse side showed many modern-day kind acts in progress. A child helped a grandparent plant the garden and other such scenes, also highly stickered and colored with four-year-old artistic crayon marks.
While I rocked and played with babies across the hall, sweet and patient teachers recounted “praiseworthy acts” of our God to older preschoolers. I believe God has special rewards for Sunday school teachers. Without them, how many children’s parents would simply be too busy putting food on the table to spend much time teaching about the Ten Commandments? How many would have, or take, the time to make Bible history as much fun as Sunday school teachers? Of course, many parents do teach their children these foundational truths, but many cannot or do not.
Yup, Sunday school teachers win my vote today in the list of things for which we can thank God!