Rejoice with those who Rejoice

Aiden coloring page

Aiden’s coloring page

Once a month, I spend my Sunday morning with a group of preschool-aged children at church. Okay, so it’s only about an hour and a half, but it seems longer. I watch them as they play with blocks, puzzles, and cars. We clean up together and then read a story. Afterwards, they do an activity, usually involving a coloring page.

This past Sunday, I had nine kids, including my five-year-old son. Most had already spent an hour in Sunday school class before I arrived, so by the  last half hour, they were getting a little squirelly. Between restroom trips and drinking fountain breaks, I was late in reading them their Sunday story, which was about a little girl named Emily who was jealous of her brother getting lots of attention because he had broken his leg.

A couple of the kids were already up and  racing off to reclaim their toys when I remembered the coloring page. I called over the din that we had a fun page to color, and it was something important that Emily learned, to “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Most of the kids colored their pages, the parents came to pick them up, and another Sunday morning was complete.

That night, after reading stories to my kids, they decided they were going to have a “sleepover” in mom and dad’s room, which consisted of them lugging a small mattress into our bedroom, and bringing in a couple hundred stuffed animals.

We prayed for the night and I turned out the lights. I was tired and more than ready to fall asleep. The kids were whispering and laughing about something. I told them, for the third time, to please be quiet and that it was time to sleep.

“But Mommy,” my five-year-old called up from the mattress. “Remember? We’re supposed to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.”

I’m thrilled he remembered the verse. I’m not quite as sure about his application of it. For some reason, he neglected to recall verses I’ve taught him such as “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

But it’s a start. And if he does remember that verse throughout his life, and knows how to rejoice with those who rejoice, as well as weep with those who weep, I think he’ll be doing pretty well.


About Bonita Jewel

Bonita Jewel is an author and blogger who writes on a variety of themes, including: Literature & poetry Writing Parenting Purpose After living in India from the age of 16 to 28, she returned to California with her husband and three children. She is pursuing a Degree at Fresno State University. Bonita teaches community education at Clovis Adult. Her courses include Blogging Basics, Power Editing, Creative Writing, and Working from Home. She also freelances as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. Her greatest passions are her family, her faith, writing, and reading. Bonita Jewel has been reading since she was 2 ½. Thirty years later, she still loves the magic and mystery of the written word. She is slowly breathing life into roughly 50 novels and nearly as many nonfiction works, depending on which plot or character seizes her interest at any given time. Please connect with Bonita at:

Posted on August 6, 2014, in Humor, Perception, The Mind of a Child and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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