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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: Nobody Else
By Janelle Bailey
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Sighing, I eased myself into the front seat, noticing as I did so an envelope peeping from the inside cover of my Bible. Curious, I opened it up, instantly surprised by it’s contents.
Dear Mrs Cummings, I read,
We are the children of your RE class. If we were old enough to write and mature enough to understand, this is what we would say.
Mrs Cummings, we would say please don’t give up. Even though not all of us come every week. Even though no one says thank you, please don’t stop coming.
Mrs Cummings, please be patient. Tim didn’t mean to tip all of the paint on the floor. And he certainly didn’t mean to colour Sally’s hair with it afterwards. He just does that stuff because before now, nobody has taught him otherwise.
Mrs Cummings, please stop being anxious. We know you are worried about Lachlan because he doesn’t say anything, and that you think it’s your fault he’s not interested. But Lachlan is interested. Very. He just hasn’t learnt yet that God is interested in him.
Don’t stop praying with us, Mrs Cummings. Nobody else helps us talk to God. Don’t stop singing either Mrs Cummings. We are going to remember those songs for the rest of our lives. When we are grown up and needing God, those songs will help us to remember that He loves us.
Don’t feel discouraged Mrs Cummings because Kara was only in our class for one lesson. In that lesson you told her everything she has ever heard about God.
Don’t feel like you’re failing us, Mrs Cummings, when we can’t remember the story. Don’t feel upset when we think God promised Abraham snow and that Jesus had the power to heal ‘cause he was good. Please don’t stop teaching us, Mrs Cummings. We might not always understand the lesson, but we know love when we see it.
Keep hoping and believing, Mrs Cummings. One day we will remember the songs and the stories and the prayers. One day we will understand the love of God that sent you to us. We need you Mrs Cummings; there is nobody else.
From your RE Class
I finished reading the letter with streams of tears flowing down my face. I couldn’t say by what means the letter had come to me, but I did know one thing. I was right where God needed me after all.
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