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Topic: Escape (01/02/06)
TITLE: No Need to Run
By Rebecca Livermore
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I looked across the room and saw Phyllis. With unkempt hair and a wild-eyed expression, she appeared to be just as desperate to escape as me.
I approached her, and pulled her aside. “Hey, Phyllis,” I whispered. “Whaddya say about slipping out of here without telling anyone? I’ve had about as much as I can take!”
Her eyes got big, she gulped, and then sputtered, “But, they’re just about to start the puppet show! It’s always the best part of children’s ministry, and besides, right after that there is snack time and then the parents will be here to pick everyone up. Don’t worry,” she continued, “The first Sunday after Christmas is always like this. By next week everyone will settle down and things will go much more smoothly.”
As the puppet show began, I sat down, embarrassed by my display of weakness. I looked through the room at what now appeared to be angelic faces and reflected on my tendency to run from the place in life God has me. Surely He is with me, wherever I go – even when I’m surrounded by rambunctious children. When I feel overwhelmed, I just need to remind myself that there is no need to escape when the God who will never leave me or forsake me is by my side.
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