Thankful for the Hugs
Just a few short years ago, I craved sleep. It was the one thing I couldn’t quite get enough of, and Sunday morning was the one morning I could sleep in. I don’t mean sleeping to 10:00am or 11:00am like my children, but 8:00am was a great long night of sleep. Serving in children’s ministry would require me to get up earlier to get ready and be on time for kids and their parents.
A few years ago, I wasn’t quite ready to give up on my Sunday morning slumber. So when my son, Drew, said he wanted to volunteer with the children’s ministry at GFC, I said yes reluctantly. I couldn’t be the parent that wouldn’t take their 12-year-old to serve at church! So, with a half-hearted attitude, I agreed to serve every other Sunday during first service. Then I remembered it was the one day that we didn’t have to rush, the one day that was designed to be for “rest.”
But Drew and I helped out. Quickly, I realized that 2-year-olds were quite fun. They didn’t have bad attitudes or “issues” outside of needing a hug because they missed their mom and dad while they attended church. I love hugs! In fact, the whole first year of serving at GFC was the senior year of high school for my twin daughters, Courtney and Emily. I cried on demand when I thought about how empty our house would be after they went to college. Those sweet and kind 2-year-olds filled a spot that I didn’t even know was breaking in my heart. So that, my friends, is how it began!
Two years later, it has become so much more than I ever imagined! People always say “you get more out of volunteering than you give”, and at Grace Fellowship Church, I know this to be true. I cannot wait to get up on Sunday to see the smiling faces of these 4-year-olds that I have had the privilege to serve since they were 2. When my girls left for college this past August, my class was there to give me hugs and tell me about their pets. When my son and husband were in a car accident a few months ago, they were there to pray for us as we ate goldfish and talked about their walk with God that week. When they pray aloud, it makes my week start with a smile on my face.
Sometimes you just have to open your heart to something new. I am so thankful for the joy of teaching and serving with Grace Kids. And I sure do love the HUGS!
Posted on Fri, May 8, 2015
by Kim Keith