When I was in fifth grade, my parents went ‘church hopping.’ (This isn’t a new concept as this was in the late 1960s.) We finally went for a short time to a Church of the Brethren which was very different from my Lutheran background. I don’t remember much about the church, but I do have one memory of one Sunday school class.
This particular day I was given a slip of paper by the teacher. On the paper she had written a Scripture verse. I stared at the verse. It was the first time anyone had ever given me a Scripture and I read it over and over. I’m sure that teacher had no idea how I valued that strip of paper. That verse planted the most important seed in my life. It became the foundation of my walk and understanding of the Lord. I kept that strip of paper in my Bible for about 35 years until I gave it to my oldest daughter when she turned 12.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
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