Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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For Sunday school coordinators and teachers New Year’s brings a sigh of relief … ahhh, you’re halfway there! You’ve survived the fall recruiting crunch, the kick-off chaos, and the Christmas celebration. Like a Sabbath on the first day of the week, take a little time to catch your breath, reflect, and regroup for the New Year.

Joys of the Journey
Recall the beaming faces, the happy hugs, and the “aha!” moments 2012. Offer a prayer of gratitude for the children God has placed in your life. Savor the memories of stories shared, songs sung, and the Spirit’s work in your midst!

Bumps on the Road
Ask the Lord for wisdom in areas of struggle. Perhaps it’s a family crisis in the life of a child, or scheduling overload in your own family. Cast your cares on Jesus, and bring before him the names of children who require extra care or patience. Take comfort in the words of Christ, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

Visions for the Future
Wonder about the kids in your group. What plans might God have for them? What talents and gifts of the Spirit do you see in them? What experiences are shaping them on their faith journey? Pray that God’s perfect plan will unfold in their lives, and trust that “he is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory!” (Eph. 3:20-21). 

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