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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)

TITLE: Teach Me
By Brenda Welc
10/30/07


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Search me oh Lord and you will see I am filled with wonder for Your Word.
Where shall I search for knowledge and wisdom in life?
Is there a place where I can dive into the wealth of Your promises and desires for me, your child?
Lead me oh Lord into the depths of Your Word for I am eager to learn.

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Teaching someone the Word of God takes a lot of dedication. Yes there are colleges you can attend to expand your knowledge of the Bible, but where does it all start? Where do the young Christian believers begin their journey into the wonderful teachings of God? It all starts at church in a little room with a teacher in Sunday School. I remember studying all week long at home to learn the next Bible verse for reciting in front of the whole class on Sunday. I remember the board with the names and the stars. I can still see myself excitedly telling my mom about how well I had done.


Sunday school for me was the only place I could go where I could quench my thirst for His Word. Teachers made Bible stories come to life. They put faces and hearts to the people in the Bible who were there to show us Godsí desires for us. In Sunday school we could really begin to decipher the meanings intended by the Bible verses. We could put two and two together to make some sense of the vast amounts of messages within the thin pages of such a precious book. We could ask questions and not feel embarrassed about our insecurities because we knew we were in a safe learning environment. Unlike regular school where kids teased and taunted your every move, Sunday school was safe even for the geekiest kid on the block.


In Sunday school we always felt accepted by the teachers. We could tell they were willingly spending time with us in order to make a difference in our Christian walk. Teachers went out of their way to make it fun. There was always a craft project to go along with the story for the week. Oh the fond memories of Sunday school. The songs. The verses. The friends. If I could only go back to the simpler times of Christian walking. Yes, Bible study is still exciting as adults, but the craft projects are gone and no more crash studying to learn the next Bible verse.


Now in our older years we have to learn how to apply all the things we learned in Sunday school to our lives. We in turn become teachers to others who hunger for the Word of God. Sometimes we fail to realize just how important those Sunday school teachers were to our lives. By helping our young minds wrap around the truths of the Bible, Sunday school teachers laid the foundations we base most of our Christian thinking on. What an honor they will hold when God calls them home.



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Oh Lord help me hold onto the days of past gone by where I learned of Your love.
Help me to see Your Word for all itsí intended glory.
Open my heart Lord that I may share all I have learned with others with the same desires.
Help to keep this hunger alive I have to dwell with You in Your Word.


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Jan Ackerson 11/02/07
This was my favorite line of the whole piece--

What an honor they will hold when God calls them home.
Lynda Schultz 11/05/07
My first Sunday School class (after the church nursery of course) was in the furnace room of our church. Not the most attractive place in the building, but it was filled with much more than the warmth that came from the fire. Thanks for a lovely tribute to some very special people.
Phyllis Inniss 11/06/07
You made Sunday School come alive in your article. So many of us remember those happy childhood days of Bible stories that just seemed magical and you've managed to capture that.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/07/07
You carried out your theme of "teach me" very well, showing the value of Sunday School in our lives through the years.
Joy Faire Stewart11/07/07
I love the encourgement for teachers and the joy from a student's point of view. Good job!
Sheri Gordon11/07/07
Oh, I remember trying to memorize those Bible verses, too. That stressed me out -- that's a bad memory of Sunday school for me. :( (Except I did like those gold stars.)

You did a nice job explaining why the foundations from childhood Sunday school are so important. Sometimes we forget that it's more than just cute Bible stories.
Kristen Hester11/08/07
This is the line that made me lean forward and start really reading:
"It all starts at church in a little room with a teacher in Sunday School." I thought, "Aww, I remember." I liked the specific images you present. You show us an ideal Sunday School experience. I wish all the classes were like this! You are very blessed to have these sweet memories to share.

You can make your story unique and interesting by describing the little specifics. Paint the picture for the reader. You did a good job at this. Keep up the good work.