Rejoice with those who Rejoice
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.
Posted on August 6, 2014, in Humor, Perception, The Mind of a Child and tagged memory of a child, rejoice with those who rejoice, teaching children scriptures. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.