Wednesday, 30 April 2008
"Look! The grass is coming up already!"
It was Easter Sunday 2005 and I was attending church with my daughter's family and the grandchildren. As I was sitting there "evaluating" this new church they had chosen for their family, I began to be less than positive in my evaluation. Nothing specific, just dumb personal preferences that really don't amount to a hill of beans.
Suddenly, during the message about Easter and new beginnings the pastor came off the platform, out from behind his pulpit and went over to the window and pointed to the new lawn that was trying to spring up. He tried to describe, but words were not coming freely. He looked at the congregation and asked; "Children, come here, look out the window at the new grass!" The children flocked to the window to see. My granddaughter, age 4, was the last to arrive, she was smaller than many of the bigger children, and could not see. The pastor noticed she could not see, picked her up in his arms and held her to the window and stated; "Look! the grass is coming up already!"
I broke down, because I knew that at that moment the pastor just became her pastor! do you know how significant that is? He became a personal relationship just as much as Jesus wants a personal relationship with us. I later emailed the pastor and thanked him for his personal interest he has shown to my family.
It is now 3 years later - has that incident had any impact on my granddaughter? I think so. Several weeks ago she went to the alter at the age of 7 and asked Jesus into her heart! Yahoo! This past Sunday she went to the altar with her mommy again to pray.
Many of you who visit my blog are pastors, worship leaders, or work on the platform in religious services doing various tasks. Please, do not ignore the children. Forgive us as spoiled adults who are offended when you seem to ignore us and don't give us the attention we seem to demand. We need to apologize to you - give that attention to the children. Their lives and souls are at stake.