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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)

TITLE: Miss Lily's Life Savers
By Donna Powers


It was one of those Sunday School lessons that take on a life of its own.

The lesson was about the many types of workers in the church. I wanted the kids to see that many people were needed to do the Lord’s work. I told them how even small jobs were important; since every little thing we do for the Lord counts toward the ultimate goal of promoting His Kingdom. We talked about all the different jobs in our own church, and I think I’d made my point that it took more than the pastor to do all the jobs. I was ready to move on to the next lesson.

“Miss Lily, does anybody ever thank them?” asked Joey Carson.

“I’m not sure, Joey,” I answered him. “I know God is grateful for their service. I’ll bet that they probably have others who tell them thanks, once in a while.”

”Well, maybe we should thank them,“ he said.

“Yeah,” agreed Mei Lin Kwon. “They should know that they are ‘preciated.”

Avery Johnson nodded his head. “Everybody needs to know that.”

The other kids thought it was a good idea and I wanted to capture their enthusiasm. “What do you think we should do?” I asked the class.

After a lively discussion, the consensus seemed to be that we should send small messages to every church worker to express the class’ thanks and appreciation for the difference each person was making in the life of the church. I told them we’d make the messages the next week, after I got a list of all the church workers and got some supplies.

The next week, the kids busily threaded ribbons through small rolls of Life Savers and then attached the ribbons through holes in preprinted manila tags that read: “Thanks for doing your part for the Lord. You’re a life saver! with love, from the Primary Sunday School class.” I made sure to bring extra Life Savers for the kids to enjoy – so that I could be sure that all the designated rolls would end up where they belonged. After preparing the sweet messages, we crept upstairs to the hall outside the sanctuary and placed one in each worker’s mailbox. We smiled as we imagined each person’s reaction.


Before next week’s service, I enjoyed watching from the hallway as all the church workers delved into their mailboxes and discovered their greetings. But I think that nobody’s surprised smile could have matched my own - when I reached into my own mailbox and discovered a larger roll of Life Savers, attached with a ribbon to a crayoned message that dittoed the one I’d typed for the church workers.

It was signed, in crayon, by every member of my class.

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Chrissi Dunn11/15/07
A very heart warming piece - well done. I'm glad the kids didn't forget their teacher.
Joanne Sher 11/17/07
Delightful and sweet. This one definitely made me smile.
Seema Bagai 11/18/07
This is a cute story.
Betty Castleberry11/19/07
I'm almost embarrassed to say the ending made me tear up. This is very sweet, and I love the surprise in the last paragraph. Nicely done.
Beth LaBuff 11/19/07
I love this! What a great idea. Your ending is perfect and you've written this very well. Is this a true story? (it should be :)
Dee Yoder 11/20/07
Aww! This is a sweet story with a deserving message that should be read in every church in America! Many workers volunteer for years without any thanks at all. Their reward is in Heaven, but it's good to show gratitude, too.
Laury Hubrich 11/21/07
This is a very sweet story. It's definitely unique from others I've read:) Good job!