The day was a real downer. There wasn’t anything to look forward to because there was simply nothing to do. Six weeks ago, Jim would have been off to work. He didn’t think his job was all that great, but he sure wished that he had it back now. It gave him some purpose to the day. Sure, as a ticket attendant his role wasn’t doing anything fantastic, but the thing was he met so many interesting people and someone needed to give out the tickets. How could they have made him redundant, he pondered, after-all he wasn’t that close to retirement age? Little did he know that he was very much missed by the people he had regularly served each day and that the smile and happy greeting that he had given them were special and made them feel good.
God says we are all special. It’s not because of the job that we have but because of who we are and because of what God has done for us in Jesus.
Next week we celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week. I noted on Wednesday morning as the Year Five class practiced their part for the Sunday Service with Bethany Congregation that their presentation linked special with making disciples. The message is clear the gospel is special and through its God enfolds us in his special care. What a message and the special thing for us is that we can participate in it each day.
The children tell it well through their parts:
But what is the most special thing about Bethany school?
Mmmmm … that it belongs to this congregation and they let us use their church?
Hmmm … That’s special, but I think the most special thing is … we can talk about, learn about and praise our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Wow … imagine if we didn’t know about him. We wouldn’t know that he has saved us all and that he’s got a special place in heaven waiting for us.
I’m glad there are so many Lutheran Schools in Australia and even the world.
Just think … What would our world be like if everyone knew about Jesus?
I wonder ….
What are you wondering?
I wonder why Mrs. J said we were to do our part now, after the gospel reading, I mean.
It is then the children move out into the congregation with the message “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” handing out little cards saying, “You are a disciple”.
Neil P. Schiller