The final prompt at the end of the second chapter of Writing in the Margins by Lisa Nichols Hickman:
Read Deuteronomy 11:19. In the margin, make a pledge to God for the way you might teach a child in your life about scripture.
At our church, I teach the preschool Sunday school class. I enjoy children and young people of all ages, but our children’s ministry director tells me: “You have patience for the little ones.” So that’s where I end up! There’s a certain privilege in being the first Sunday school teacher to introduce children to the stories of the Bible. I use Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Children of God Storybook Bible. The illustrations are beautiful, the text is easy to understand, and the selection of stories is timeless! I usually start class with time to play in our classroom; then we do an art project; then there’s more time to play, and when the kids are ready, we have snack and a Bible story. (They usually start asking for a snack, which is the perfect time to catch them when they are ready to sit and focus on the story!) I have a very small class, but it is always fun!
I found myself thinking of my class with this assignment. Here’s the prayer that found it’s way into the margins…
Most of all, I pray that the time we spend together playing, making crafts, and reading Bible stories will help you know deep down in your heart that you are always loved by God. As we talk and discuss the stories in the Bible, I hope you will begin know what it means to love God and others, and that it’s normal to have struggles with God, with each other, and even ourselves. I hope you catch a glimpse of the redeeming power of God’s never-ending love and that one day you will grow to appreciate how the Bible has transformed lives and influenced the World for the better in countless ways. I am eternally grateful to you for showing me that it is good to have fun immersed in the Word!