Summer is a sacred season. It is a season to learn to walk with Jesus. It is a sacred season to live nearer to him. It is a season to know him more and more. It is a blessed season to go near Jesus and taste his sweetness.
SUMMER MY FAVORITE SEASON
Whenever summer comes I am greatly elated. It is season for me to share Jesus with little kids. The summer vacation gives me ample opportunities to gather children and bring them closer to Jesus. Since I was teaching in a school it was easier for me to collect them and teach them through telling them stories and doing things interesting to them. The local people encouraged me since they were also searching for a way to occupy the time of their children.
SUMMER THE BUSINESS HOUR OF THE DEVIL
In fact, the children were bored to sit in front of the TV during the long summer vacation. Their parents went for jobs leaving the children at home. If there is school they will be occupied and can have their mid-day meal at school. Vacation, especially the summer vacation, has been a real torture for the children. Their idle minds had no other work except becoming the workshops of the devil.
SUMMER THE PERIOD FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
The parents of the children were happy to send them to me during the day time when they go for work because they were sure of the safety and security of their children. Summer is a challenging time for the security of both body and mind of the children. It is the time when we find our children meeting with accidents, breaking their hands and legs and even their heads. It is an occasion for our children to go astray allured by so many anti-social elements and jump into unknown evils. When I proposed to conduct vacation classes for their children, the parents as well as he children were extremely glad. With great confidence in me they accepted my service to the Glory of God. Since it was not meant for only Christians, the Hindus and some Muslims were also glad to send their children to these summer classes.
CHILDREN GLADLY PLAYED AND SPENT TIME
When I proposed my idea of conducting summer classes freely, I received a great feedback. He school authorities came forward with accommodation. The local pastor of a Christian church and a Catholic parish priest volunteered to help me. Two mothers who were free at home proposed to help me with their service. The children came in great numbers. Without any ad many gathered around me for a noble cause. The children were fond of my stories and the group games that I arranged for them. I taught them freely just finding the face of Little Jesus in these small children.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE JESUS
Summer gave me many opportunities to guide and encourage the children uphold Christian values. I arranged activities to enhance religious education and strengthen faith of the Christian children and to impart the best values of life in the children of other religions. The local church pastor helped me with materials ranging from simple crafts and picture books for small children, to a community shantytown project promoting homelessness awareness through which I could lad them to find good values of life. It was easier for me to raise awareness of homelessness and poverty in and around their village and tell them about the condition of countless people in our country. At the same time I could also teach the children to appreciate what they have by demonstrating what it would be like to go without the basic necessities.
SUMMER A TIME FOR PREPARATION
The Holy Bible reminds us that summer is a time give to us for reparation. It advises us to be watchful and well-prepared. “Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise. Without having an chief or officer or ruler, it prepares is food in summer, and gathers its sustenance in harvest.” (Proverb 6: 6-8)Further Ecclesiastes says about season for everything. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Eccles. 3: 1). Jesus warns us to be watchful and act accordingly in the seasons. ( Please Refer Luke 12: 54-56).
Summer is the God-given season for us to teach our children to play with Little Jesus.
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