We were at Moises Starkman school today, teaching two grade one classes and then grades 2-6. As our theme for the school year is the fruit of the spirit, each month is a different “fruit”. This month our focus is “PEACE.
To start things off, Taylore had the children sing the song we taught them last month…but with a twist. She had the girls sing it one time and the boys…to see who could be the loudest! Then she taught them a new song, which I kind of think they already knew. That old song “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart” But instead of joy, they sang peace. They loved it! In each class everyone was so enthusiastic…some classes were a little more over the top than the others.
We did a couple object lessons, one using a tug of war game,another using a paper chain, and Dale did an object lesson where he cut an anchor out from paper. All of these centered around Peace. We also did the story in the Bible of how Jesus calmed the storm and brought peace to a bad situation.
We talked about storms in their lives, difficult things they may be going through, and how they don’t have to go through these things alone. Jesus is with us and he can bring peace to the difficult things they have to deal with. Believe me, many of these kids face difficult things every day, day in and day out. Things that to kids in North America, would be unheard of.
Today was also Father’s day. In one class room there was a boy, who held in his hand a hand made card, that I assume he had made. It was a small white square with red hearts that read “día de padre feliz!” Throughout the class, the boy seemed so sad. His eyes were red and Kathy and I could tell he had been crying. Actually he continued to cry on and off throughout the time that we were in his classroom, all the while holding onto that card. I was the closest to him so at one point I was rubbing his back, trying to comfort him, wishing I knew enough Spanish to ask him what was wrong. That seemed to make things worse and he put his head on his desk and continued to cry all the more. I wanted to cry with him. He seemed to have so much pain in his young heart. Even now I want to cry for him. I don’t know his story, his past. I knew he was having a rough day. I wondered though if he was one of the many children who no longer have a dad. I wondered if either the dad had abandoned them or been killed as is the case with some of those children. What a difficult day today would be for those kids. Kids who maybe have never known a dad or who have lost him.
Even in difficult situations we don’t have to be alone. Jesus cares about us. He promises never to leave us, fail us or abandon us. He promises that he will always be with us. He doesn’t promise there will never be hard times, we know there will be. There will be storms in our lives, times where we don’t know what to do, where to turn. There will be times of sorrow. Times where we are hurting like the young boy today in the classroom. Yet through all the storms in our lives, we can remember that Jesus will give us peace in the midst of difficulty. We can cry out to Him and He will walk through those storms with us. We don’t have to be alone.