“Through the Word, we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” 2 Timothy 3:17
God’s word was written for us to read and re-read to gain insight, strength, and hope. I first learned about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit through little stories in Sunday School. I could picture Jesus in his robes with his arms around little children, or with his sheep, or the crowds of people he fed. Some of the teachers made the stories come alive by the way they read aloud. And, we always took a copy of the story home to read again.
I still learn best by reading the parables. I enjoy the stories Jesus told, because they are easy to relate to even today. One of my favorite is the story of the prodigal son. I remember when I first left home and returned months later, how wonderful it was for my parents to accept me back in the fold. My own children have left as adults and returned for short periods of time. The parable tells us to open our arms whenever a child returns.
Now, my grandsons are learning the same stories I learned as a child. I love hearing them get excited about the characters and events in the parables. I think I’ll take my tattered childhood story books with me when I go to New Jersey and read them one more time to the boys.
Lord, continue to work on me through the parables. Amen.