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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)

TITLE: Sunday School Procession
By Betsy Cobb Wise
10/28/07


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When I remember the days of “Sunday School”, it reminds me of a roundabout where I yield, make detours and then venture onto the perfect path. On that inner and continuous circle are glimpses of truth shining forth on my journey closer to God. For in that teaching arena, the people who brought change to my life were grounded in God’s Word to change souls and individuals by the power of the Holy Spirit.

With a sense of direction pounded into my memory from devoted instructors, also came memories of those who were responsible for planting seeds of faith that they never saw brought to fruition. Many teachers have sown into my life and the reality of my faith occurred many years hence, even after their passing on to well-earned heavenly rewards. Everyone saw with spiritual eyes first and left the results to God.

My personal procession went from making Kool-Aid and drawing with crayons; to Biblical plays and dressing up for them; to pouring over Sunday School handouts and cherishing their content; to studying about baptism in order to receive it; to dedicated study of The Word in the young adult class; to teaching the adult class; to team teaching a vacation bible school; to writing Bible studies and to the unknown assignment yet to come.

In this circuitous route, I have not always merrily gone around. Sometimes I have intended to go my own way; yet always someone would intercede, whether in prayer or by his or her example, to pull me back into God’s perfect path. I am forever grateful to the Mr., Mrs. and Misses who carefully consecrated themselves for the task of teaching me.

The roundabout became a reality when another and I taught a vacation bible school where all ages rotated from room to room. We spent countless hours decorating each room to create an atmosphere for learning. One room was entirely lit with at least fifty candles and the young and old spent time sitting on the floor taking in God’s presence. There was a Holy atmosphere as children of God stood in awe of their creator. We spent time in another room that resembled a ship where Jesus commanded the storm to subside. We felt we had been there by the time we docked and went on to the upper room to pray. Just as Silas and Paul sang heartily to the Lord, we did too. We also stopped off to have our feet washed, young and old and sense the humility of this empowerment.

There were many more stops on that particular pilgrimage but what we took with us was a sense of community and having been with Jesus. Of all the spiritual roundabouts I’ve been a part of, the most pleasing is to know I have been taught of the Lord.

If Sunday school brings revelation to us, we’ve gone from procession to progression.


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Jan Ackerson 11/03/07
You have some very apt metaphors here!

To increase reader interest, consider adding more personal anecdotes, or even a touch of humor.

Thanks for sharing your journey with us!