A six year old girl stormed into my class this Sunday with fists clenched. She was angry at a friend--another one of the girls in my class (though her friend wasn't there this Sunday). We were already part way through the session, but it was clear that she needed to get her feelings out! So we paused to hear her story.
It turns out that her best friend didn’t want to be her best friend anymore, and this girl wasn’t so much mad as she was hurt. She listed off all the nice things she's done for this friend and then said, "I do a lot of good stuff for her, but she won't be my best friend anymore!"
What do you do in moments like these--when you have a class full of kids and one of them is struggling with real life stuff?
These are the moments, I think, when real ministry happens. Suddenly there's a chance for other kids to show compassion, and offer advice; and a chance for you to help a child learn to draw on faith for strength in a difficult situation. After we talked for a little while, everyone bowed their heads and I prayed a short prayer, asking God to heal the friendship and send other good friends, but more importantly let this little girl know that he loves her so much.
After I prayed, she prayed too. And when we all opened our eyes the shy little girl sitting next to us reached out and took her hand and whispered, “I would like to be your friend.”