Such a great read from Jennifer Dukes Lee.
On Tuesday mornings, I help with a 4th and 5th grade bible study at my daughter's elementary school.
It meets at 7:30 am and is parent led.
The mom that taught on Tuesday morning has never taught before.
And we had never met.
She taught on Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
and the fiery furnace from Daniel 3.
(You KNOW I just had to pull out my bible to get the spelling right on these names.
Spell check was NOT coming to my aid.)
This mom talked about faith and how Jesus is ALWAYS the 4th man in the fire with us.
and the Holy Spirit
and then US.
The TV show "The Bible" did this story beautifully.
I pick up a car load of girls each Tuesday morning on the way to bible study.
This past Tuesday morning one little girl was all panicked chatter about what happened in Boston.
Her parents were getting ready to get onto a plane for Ireland just minutes after word of the Boston bombing came out.
Not comforting news for a 5th grade girl
worried about her parents leaving the country
This poor girl seemed fixed on the uncertainty of it all.
The what's nexts?
My attempts to give her peace failed.
I watched her shoulders relax when the precious mom talked about our God being in
every fire with us.
That we weren't designed to go it alone.
For light in darkness.
I approached the mom afterwards to thank her for
the thought out lesson
in light of the disturbing Boston bombings.
She said she planned the lesson before the bombings as a prompting from God.
She thought it was a reminder about something
He had worked out in her life
some time ago.
I explained the panic of the girl in my car that morning.
Of her shoulders relaxing from the comfort of knowing she isn't alone.
And neither was anyone in Boston.
As we stood there staring at each other in
of our AWESOME GOD
I felt so bonded with this woman
I had never met before.
It was all afresh for me.
that this is what He intended for us.
support one another,
To RUN TOWARDS the hurting
to shed HIS light on the darkness.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life."