Wear the crown of rejoicing

In the Bible there is beautiful imagery of God as the great Sovereign. For instance, we read in Psalms: "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory." Ps. 24:9, 10. This Biblical concept of God as the Sovereign ruling His kingdom in equity and harmony still serves to convey useful lessons about the royal heritage of the children of God as heirs to the abundant good that has its source in God.

A teacher in a Christian Science Sunday School used this imagery to help a small child who was in tears because his family had lost their home. The teacher comforted the little boy and told all the children that because God is their loving Father and He is the supreme King, He would give them the good they needed, and that would certainly include a home. She showed them that as the King's children they were really heirs of good and could, in effect, wear a crown of joy on their heads. She explained they would not see this crown with their physical eyes but would know it was there because they would feel God's love crowning them. She then asked the children to sit up straight and wear their crowns. The little boy's eyes began to brighten.

The teacher explained that when we are sad or in trouble, our crown begins to wobble, but as we remember that God's love is always with us and that He is caring for our every need, our crown is bright and firm. The children found a verse in Isaiah that speaks of God's people, "Thou shalt... be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God." Isa. 62:3.

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Primary class instruction
May 22, 1989

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