The Reward of Working with Teenagers

I’m updating my prayer list. One page is full of the names of servicemen. Some are in my son’s unit and others are children of our friends.

I sent 5 messages yesterday to friends and family to verify their relative was still in the service. It was a walk down memory lane with some of these names.

One friend, David E., responded saying their son was still in the service and asked if I had a few minutes to talk. He was in the youth group when David and I started helping the Youth Pastors, Larry & Bonnie R.

David E. was on his lunch hour and had a rather trying morning. It was wonderful catching up with his family. We both have 2 sons and 1 daughter. We have one in the service, one who worked with the Sheriff’s department, and both of us had difficult pregnancies when our daughters were born.

Even more amazing, we both had prayed for Timothy N. who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and lost the battle last week. We both continue to pray for his family.

After I hung up, I felt the same way Paul did in today’s verse.

2 Corinthians 7:4, “Great is my boldness of speech toward you; great is my boasting of you. I am filled with comfort, and I am exceedingly joyful…” Modern English Version

I look forward to teasing my sister-in-law, who was in David E.’s class because I got to hear his voice. It was fun sharing memories with my David as I relayed our conversation. But the best part was the reminder that when we take the hand of Jesus, He never let’s go.

He holds us on the bad days, through hard times, through times of victory, and rejoices with us when our children make us proud. We live in different states, belong to different denominations but all are holding on to the same Jesus.

The reward of working with teenagers is they are old enough to remember your name! Decades later, they call just to catch up and you realize all your work was worth it!

P.S. Thanks, Joel L. for working with the youth when I was a teenager!

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