Letter To Our Children

by Pastor Joe | May 10, 2023 | Letters To Our Children

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May 10, 2023

And He (Jesus) opened His mouth and taught them...

Matthew 5:2

 

 

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

From Albert Einstein’s dedication speech for the observatory in the astronomy building of Pasadena City College on February 26, 1931,

Henrietta Mears (1890-1963)
Henrietta Mears (1890-1963)

Hello Friends!

 

May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week. We have a good number of teachers at West Cohasset Chapel. My daughter is a teacher. My father’s first few years after graduation was as a high school teacher. I am a teacher, and of course, Jesus, our example in everything, was a teacher too.

 

Yesterday, through my normal readings, I learned about another teacher. Her name was Henrietta Mears (1890-1963).

 

As a child, Henrietta had extreme myopia. Myopia is a vision condition in which near objects appear clear, but objects farther away look blurry. Doctors told Henrietta's mother she would be blind by the time she was 30 years old. Decades later, of her failing eyesight, Henrietta said, it was a great spiritual asset because it kept me absolutely dependent on God.

 

Henrietta attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with high honors and a degree in chemistry. While at university, she attended Bible study and prayer time and soon began to lead a group of 60 women.

 

Over the next two decades, she taught in various schools in Minnesota; Wherever she went, she always taught a Sunday school class in her church. In 1928 she was invited to be the director of Christian Education at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, California.

 

Sunday School there was more like a private Christian school. Like a good teacher, she immediately set herself to review the Bible curriculum and discovered the lack of Biblical truth. For example, she read one lesson that said the Apostle Paul survived His shipwreck (Acts 27:27- 28:6) by eating carrots and because he was strong!

 

There is much more to Henrietta's story. She was the founder of Gospel Light Press, Co-founder of the National Sunday School Association. She helped train people for Christian services, such as Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Richard Halverson, who would become a chaplain for the United States Senate. However, she would confess her life was a beautiful picture of the grace of God in giving her the gift of teaching.

 

Let me close this letter in a way I think Henrietta Mears would appreciate. When Christ died on the cross for our sins, He rose three days later. After 40 days on earth, He ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father. Once Christ ascended, He sent another Helper (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-14) the Holy Spirit, to give us gifts (Ephesians 4:1-7), like the gift of teaching, which build His church with the power He supplies.

 

There may be some reading this who have the gift of teaching. If this is true, may God bless you to teach in Christ's name with the strength He supplies for the good of all people.

 

God bless you this week in all things great and small.

Pastor Joe