I’m elated! I’m sad. I’m worried. I’m a problem-solver. I’m prayerful. And, I’m feeling all of these feelings—probably many more—all at the same time! Did God mean for me to run this gamut of emotions?
Hearing the carefree laughter and squeals of delight from the church gym brings me such joy! The wonderful Glory Be teachers lovingly guide their charges through a break from the children’s learning time. Those of us who work in the church look forward to opportunities to greet the little boys and girls as they travel from their classrooms to the gym or outside and back. The smiles and easy conversation tell a story of the love shared with their caregivers at Glory Be.
But, then I’m saddened that the learning center is closing in June. All of us will greatly miss the talented childcare teachers and the chatter and activity of the little children of Glory Be. I pray that all of the teachers will be recognized for the incredible work they do here and ease into new jobs as soon as this one is over. I pray that all the parents are able to find the necessary childcare without delay. But, I worry about them all. So, I pray some more.
My mind races to find solutions so that the facility doesn’t have to close and that we get to keep the open smiles and happy faces at our church. I pray and pray for an answer, but I realize that the Session has already struggled and studied the issues. They recognized that there are no easy solutions and that the center must close. And, I respect our elected Session members and I pray for them to find peace for the tough decision they had to make.
In this time of turmoil, I began to wonder why God designed us to have such a gamut of emotions—and, right now, running concurrently. So, I turned to the Bible for answers.
Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:4 that there is a time to weep, and time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Our emotions are a gift from God. It helps us to feel human and guides us in our actions. Larry Greider, in Vertical Thought magazine wrote, “If you feel deeply, you will understand what Jesus felt when He looked at a people who were without guidance and quietly wept. We have much to live for and need to hone our emotional skills to become people with a real connection to a real God who wants us to be a part of His eternity.”
I need to continue praying for my co-workers and leaders, for whom all must feel the heavy weight of this decision. I will try to focus positive prayers of Love First through Philippians 4:8, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
There has been so much good work done through Glory Be that it will not be difficult to continue focusing my prayers of Love on the good work of their Godly hands. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16 Our elected church leaders, the Glory Be staff, parents, and children, and all affected by the closing of this wonderful learning center need our continuing, heartfelt prayers of Love to lift and carry them into the next plan that God has laid out for them.
Your Sister in Christ,