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Daily Devotion – Second Sunday in Lent, March 12, 2017

Second Sunday in Lent, March 12
Matthew 26:45-46

Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?   See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.

Riley and Walker Mann and Eve and Cecilia Birkelund work together to draw a picture of Jesus saying “Get up” and the disciples begin to awaken.

It’s interesting how a punctuation mark can change the whole meaning of a sentence. It can change from a calm “get up” to a forceful “Get up!” It is in the nature of a teacher to exercise patience when talking to her students. Only when exercising patience can a teacher teach.  Only when receiving patience can a student learn.  There are exceptions to this rule, a mother, who is always a teacher, would not calmly tell her child to get out of traffic; a mother would scream loudly for her child to get out of traffic, but not out of anger—but out of love.  We, at our best, are teachers who exercise patience with the absence of an exclamation mark and, at our worst, are teachers that exercise no patience and utilize the exclamation mark.  As students we learn most when we are loved and accepted, when we are valued and cared for, and ultimately when we’re given patience.

Melissa DuQuette (Holy Trinity Sunday School teacher & member)

Daily Devotion – Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 11
Matthew 26:43-44

Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.  So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.

Riley & Walker Mann drew a picture of Jesus praying the disciples sleeping.

This looks simple, but to say it was simple takes all the thought and grace that went into planning this away from our Sunday School students. Riley and Walker were given very little direction, but decided that they were going to draw a picture together that helped depict these words.

It’s easy to underestimate the patience and kindness of children. In this case, one may not realize how much effort, patience, and kindness these two put into this picture for our church. Riley and Walker spent time listening, interpreting, planning, sharing, and ultimately working together to draw this picture—something many adults struggle with.  We have been incredibly blessed as a church to learn through these children.  We should all be encouraged to open our hearts and listen with willingness to our Sunday School students. When we open our hearts to them we will learn how to better listen, play, share, work together, and to exercise patience and kindness as openly and freely as our Sunday School children.

Melissa DuQuette (Holy Trinity Sunday School teacher & member)