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June 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

My Two Cents


If I had known how dear my childhood teachers in church would   become to me, I would have treated them so much better. Or at least I hope so.

If I had known that I was going to become an avid reader I wouldn’t have rolled my eyes at Birdie Law that morning she brought enough copies of C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letters” into our 7th grade Sunday school class for everyone to have their own. Or at least I hope so.

If I had known John Garver would have taught me the importance of personally welcoming everyone who walks through the doors of the church, I wouldn’t have made a game out of avoiding his Sunday morning handshakes. Or at least I hope so.

If I had known how Sharon Boice’s uncomfortably long and way-too-close hugs were eventually going to teach me how important it is for the church to create a safe place for those who live with mental     illness, I wouldn’t have made fun of her cat eye glasses so often with my friends. Or at least I hope so.

If I had known that Peggy Kost would become one of my mom’s most trusted friends through years of sitting next to each other in the alto section of the choir, I might not have commented so often on her sometimes wobbly alto voice. Or at least I hope so.

If I had known that Laura Katsiftis was going to call me of all people that summer when I worked as the church custodian, to come and  visit her husband who had just been told he “got the cancer”, I wouldn’t have winced through middle school every time she called me “Ricky Boy”. Or at least I hope so.

Adults, listen up! Every time we come to church, we also become teachers. Our students who zip in and out of the gathering space may not realize they’ve joined our class. They probably won’t show us their appreciation for the lessons we teach. But, one of these days they will remember us well. Or at least we hope so.

Welcome to worship!

 


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