I love Sundays...well to be honest, not every part of Sundays, but the part where I am at church with the children. I am so blessed to be able to work with the children of our congregation ages 18 mos. to 12 years old. Each and every week I am touched by the warmth and love of their spirits. They never cease to make me smile and laugh. You never quite know what to expect from week to week. Yesterday was particularly touching to me. On Valentine's Day we had an activity for the children where they made Valentine's and decorated heart shaped cookies for several members of our congregation. We brought the Valentine goodies to the houses of these members and sang them a song. In one instance the person's house we came to, the person wasn't home, so we left the Valentine's and the cookies. She was very touched to receive these and yesterday came in and wanted to thank the children in person. Since she wasn't at home when we left the Valentine's the children didn't get to sing to her then, but we sang to her yesterday when she came in. The song the children sang is Love One Another. It is the scripture John 13:34-35 put to music...As I have loved you, love one another. This new commandment love one another. By this shall men know ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. As these beautiful little children sang to her tears streamed down her face. All of us as teachers and leaders were so touched by this wonderful moment that our cheeks were wet with tears as well. I felt privileged to witness the amazing power of love and children.
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley