For my dear friends at Legacy Church Preschool

This year something pretty amazing has happened. The Bible  has come alive again.

  • The radical life change that Zacchaeus experienced with just one meal with Christ is inspiring.
  • The wonder of 5 loaves and 2 fish feeding over 5,ooo people has overtaken me.
  • I’ve begun to grasp how significant Mary anointing Christ with costly perfume is to the death of Christ.
  • And communion means more to me now than it ever has.

I’ve been an authentic follower of Christ for over 20 years. I’ve read the Bible in its entirety. Multiple times.I went to Bible college. I studied theology and hermeneutics and homiletics. I’ve preached sermons!

But I have to say that this year.

This. Year.

This year is the one where I’ve really only just begun to understand and see the word of God in it’s entirety in a truly relevant and life altering way. And it’s not in the way you would think. I didn’t find a Bible study that connected all the dots. And, although I’ve really enjoyed and been deeply impacted by the sermons my pastor has preached, and thoroughly enjoyed the discussions my LifeGroup has had, it’s not completely because of these that my understanding has been deepened.

It has been through teaching little children. And not even elementary students who have reached that place of critical thinking and understanding. It has been among the black and white, face value, hard to keep their attention for more than five minutes, 1,2, 3 and 4 year olds of Legacy Church Preschool. 

For five years now, I have had the incredible opportunity to teach Bible to preschoolers. Although it’s been a slight detour off the beaten path I’m used to, it has been some of the most glorious, growing times in my life.

And for that I am truly thankful. This is my last year with this precious preschool. Next Thursday I will teach my last lesson as Specials Teacher. They’ve got a wonderful replacement. She’ll take this Specials Gig to a whole new level.

I will miss hearing the children call to me from the playground. I will chuckle from time to time as I recall them shouting my name while walking down the hallway…their teachers reminding them to have bubbles and fish tails. Oops!

And I will cherish.

Treasure.

Remember with deep fondness the Bible stories they can retell with mostly accurate details…the Bible verses they’ve memorized and internalized…the songs that they’ve sung with great exuberance about our Lord.

Legacy Church Preschool, you’ve been so good to me. Children past and present, you’ve taught me to trust Jesus.

Elaine. Jess. Dear teachers past and present, who’ve encouraged me, partnered with me, and taught me what it means to love like Jesus and translate that love into how I treat these dear ‘little ones to him belong’: from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

Life is Beautiful!

Patty

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The Christmas Program 2011 ( I think!)

Patty Parker

My name is Patty Parker. I write about finding beauty in the every day.

2 thoughts on “For my dear friends at Legacy Church Preschool

  1. Brings tears to my eyes Patty! You have modeled the love of Christ and excitement of the Bible so well for these little ones and the teachers. You have loved them with His magnificent love and they have felt it and that is why they get out of line to hug you and call out to you and say “Yes!” when they hear we are going to Bible. It is always good to see you at work bc even if we don’t get to talk I know there is a kindred spirit there in loving The Lord, His word and His kids. (It has been a sweet blessing lately to have Dom ask my name and the times Charlie has let me hold her or given me a smile are golden.) God will use you beautifully in your new role! Thanks for sharing your heart. Love n hugs, Becky

    1. aww Becky! Just found your comment. Thanks so much for all your support and love and encouragement!

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