A reflection by Cristina Adams,
Student Minister for Children and Youth
Cristina will be leading the Sunday Adult Forum at 9:45am on May 12. Come and learn!
Her last Sunday with us is May 19.
For the Good Friday family service, I was stationed at the table with stones. I told the kids that a giant stone was rolled in front of the tomb where Jesus’ body was placed after he died. This was a big stone that no one could move by on their own. Everyone thought that as they watched that heavy stone roll in front of the tomb the story was over—they were wrong; Jesus was not the Messiah. I had the kids hold small stones and asked them to pretend they were really heavy, like the one rolled in front of the tomb. I asked the kids how they thought Jesus’ friends felt when they saw the stone roll in front of the tomb. Sad, was the typical answer.
As we were talking about sadness and pretending these little stones were heavy, I remembered that sometimes when we feel really sad, stressed, or burdened, we feel heavy inside. The people watching the stone roll in front of Jesus’ tomb probably felt very sad and heavy inside. So, I asked the kids, have they ever felt heavy inside? Did something help make you stop feeling so heavy? Some of them shared and others thought of one and kept it to themselves.
Then, I gave them a spoiler—the stone in front of the tomb was not the end of the story. The stone was moved. One young girl’s eyes filled with wonder as I said this and asked, “Magic?” “No,” I said, “not magic, but God. God moved the heavy stone, the stone that people didn’t think could be moved, because Jesus did not stay dead. He was resurrected and angels came and moved the stone away.” The young girl’s eyes stayed big as saucers, amazed at the good news and power of God she had just heard. Then I said, “God can help hold and move the heavy things in your life, too.” We prayed, thanking God for being the holder and mover of heavy things, and they went to their next station.
I have kept thinking about this idea, God as the mover and holder of heavy things. When I was a preteen, I learned for the first time that I could tell God about my worries and that God could carry them for me. This transformed my faith. My eyes might have even gotten really big like the young girl’s at the Good Friday Service. God will carry and move heavy things. I am not alone. I do not have to carry my heavy burdens by myself. God is always near, ready to hold heavy things. I just have to give them to God (sometimes repeatedly) and trust that God is taking care of them in God’s way and time. God has already won the battle. Jesus defeated death. The stone was rolled away. God has defeated the heavy things and will continue to help me with mine.
Thank you to everyone for making my time at St Paul’s a wonderful time of learning, growth, and fellowship. It is sad for me to say that I only have three Sundays left, but I am thankful that I feel sad about leaving because that reflects the joy I have experienced while being here. It is always intimidating coming into a new church, but you all made me feel welcome from the start. On May 12th, I am leading the Adult Forum and am going to reflect on my experience at St Paul’s and what I have learned. Since you are in Sunday School, then, here is a sneak peak of what I will say: