I know quite a few folks who remember their Sunday school teachers. I know one, in fact, who loved to torment his Sunday after Sunday. Years later, the moment he walked outside to give up his life to God, however, he remembered all the words he’d heard decades before that from that same Sunday school teacher, and his eyes were opened. He understood. She’s gone now, so she never got to see the seeds she planted come to fruition. That man now teaches adult Sunday school.
Another couple friends of mine remember their Sunday school teachers from twice as many decades ago.
And……. then there’s Charlene – the adorable, bubbly young lady who sat next to me in medical transcription school, invited me to church, became a family friend, and gave me the very first Bible I’d ever own.
While I sat in the service alone week after week, Charlene taught Sunday school to my sons for several months, wondering for years if the seeds she’d planted would ever bloom. We lost touch for a while, but ran back into each other a few years ago, our friendship resumed, and I recently enjoyed a visit with her at my kitchen table. A few weeks ago her church surprised Charlene on the anniversary of teaching 40 years of Sunday school. When her pastor asked for those who had either been in her classes, or had children in her classes to stand up, there were few left sitting! The following day while perusing through all of the attendance rosters, sure enough she found the names of my two sons, now 24 and 26, from a Sunday back in 1998 when they were only 5 and 7 years old.
I know you’ve touched a lot of lives Charlene, and mine and my sons’ lives are three of them. I am so very grateful for you and for our friendship! And yes, Char – My sons were listening. From the bottom of my Mama’s sized heart – THANK YOU!!!
PS) Sunday school teachers……. Keep planting them seeds 😉 You rock!
“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.” 2 Corinthians 3:16
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-9