“…deliver us from evil.”

Ally asked,“…deliver us from evil, what does that mean?”
“Yah, deliver us from evil?” asked Salvatore.
The Lord’s Prayer,
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.
What a great way to start the class. A great prayer and a great question!
“Did you ever get angry at someone for taking your toy?” I asked them. “How does that make you feel?” Do you just want to hit them sometimes? “Yah, my cousin takes my stuff all the time.” All their little stories came out. Well, God loves us so much that He wants us to be aware of the things that can hurt us, or those around us. That is why He has us pray for all the things we need to help and protect us everyday. “Ohhh, that’s what it means. Now I get it.” As they breathe a sign of relief, so did I.
This made me think of this past Sunday’s reading about how God formed us in the womb, and how He has great plans for us. How we need to strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts and most of all, how import it is that we love one another and likewise, what the priest had to say about all this. “Love, he said; is a word we should not use so loosely, for its value is so great. However, it is the action of love that we should practice using a lot more often. How can we love all people all the time, when sometimes they have done what’s wrong to us? It is the gift God gave us to pray, to pray for their salvation. This is the greatest gift of love that we can give always.”
To be able to share God’s love with our class is an awesome privilege. One I am so grateful for. As our class continued, Kristen, mentioned that she could not find her phone. As Dominique called it, we all heard the vibration, but we could not figure where it was coming from. Fourteen 1st graders looking high and low. Their teamwork was awesome. Thanks to Nickolaus, who found her phone in a pail, and made everyone smile.
In conclusion for the day, we headed over to the Church to get more familiar with the main areas of the church, the altar, the pews, and the Stations of the Cross. As we knelt before the tabernacle to genuflect, we looked up toward the cross. For when I ask them, “What do you see when you see the Cross?” they always reply, “a hug!” It was beautiful to hear Samantha say, in the silence of our class, “I just want to go over there and hug Him (Jesus).”
It is the future that our children will hold in their hands, Though I wonder how our hands will mold it for them. It is my prayer that we all join together and ask God to deliver us from evil, from all the evil that is desensitizing our world today.
Brothers and sisters: Love is patient. Love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4
Have a very blessed day,
Deanna
A Prayer

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