Holy Spirit, Come!

Susan Verwys

READ : Romans 8:1-11 The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. (v. 6) In our preschool classroom at Oakdale Christian School we like to focus on the seasons of Advent and Lent to prepare our hearts for the greatest gifts God has given. Last year on the first day of Lent I decided to put an ashen cross on the back of the children’s hands or foreheads in the way the pastor at my church had done …

Tarnished Lamps, Brilliant Light

Susan Verwys

READ : Matthew 5:13-16 Make your light shine. (v. 16 CEV) Four-year-old T.C. didn’t have much going for him. He was 30 pounds overweight. He often wore his teen-age sister’s slacks rolled up or his father’s shorts which skimmed T.C.‘s ankles. His body was unbathed, he didn’t get enough sleep, and his lunches were not nutritious. His basic needs were not being met. T.C.‘s mom had her hands full keeping a job to support the family while Dad was in …

A Parable of Two High School Teachers

Susan Verwys

READ : 1 John 4:7-21 God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (v. 12) A young man attended a Christian high school. He made good choices, but his brain worked a little differently and his appearance defied conformity. He loved to play electric guitar and listen to rock music. The adolescent liked to philosophize; he was spiritual and reflective. This adolescent had a very strict religion teacher who believed deeply in God and felt led …

Imitation, Emulation, Transformation!

Susan Verwys

READ : Ephesians 5:1-14 Be imitators of God. (v. 1) “And we who . . . reflect the Lord’s glory are being transformed into his likeness” (2 Cor. 3:18). I’ve been thinking about imitation versus innovation, Mom,” Jeremy said early one morning as we drove across town to his driver’s education class. “What do you mean, Jere?” I responded. “Like, there’s this T.V. commercial about not accepting an imitation. I don’t want to imitate anyone. I want to be an …

WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?

Susan Verwys

READ : Ephesians 4:17-5:2 Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us. (5:2) Sarah swung her long, curly, golden-red locks over her shoulders, turning to stare at me with an impertinent gaze. I tried hard to stifle a sigh, glancing at the clock. It was only ten-o-clock a.m.! We were stuck inside the classroom for our Summer Day Care Program on this rainy August day. I had already been called to referee squabbles between ten-year-old Sarah and other …

The Boy Jesus Present With Us

Susan Verwys

READ : Luke 2:41-52 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. (v. 47) “I don’t know what to do with Justin,” said our principal. “He’s too disruptive in seventh grade. Do you think he could help out in preschool in the afternoons?” “We can use help tomorrow!” we said. He came. Justin was the epitome of the perfect pre-adolescent in our room. It was hard to believe that he was so disruptive in his own …