So this is why I go to Sunday School

Originally appeared online in the teen series My Church -  June 21, 2022

AARON CRANFORD — STAFF
It was a stormy Kansas night. My date and I were headed to the next town over when rain started coming down so fiercely that we knew we couldn’t go any further. We actually slid off the side of the road into the mud, and stayed there while it rained and rained and rained. 

I knew the rain would stop eventually. But if I got home late, I couldn’t guarantee I’d ever be allowed to go on another date, and it looked as though we were destined to stay there all night. There were no other cars on the road, cellphones hadn’t been invented yet, and I knew how worried my parents would be. 

I knew how worried my parents would be. 

I stewed about it for a couple of hours, until I had a startling thought. I was a Christian Scientist. And I’d learned in Sunday School that God was right there with us and would send the help we needed. Words from a hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal came to me loud and clear: 

In heavenly Love abiding, 
     No change my heart shall fear; 
And safe is such confiding, 
     For nothing changes here. 
The storm may roar without me, 
     My heart may low be laid; 
But God is round about me, 
     And can I be dismayed?
(Anna L. Waring, No. 148

It was my answer, and I felt a total sense of relief. I didn’t know how rescue would come, but I knew we would be OK. 

Within moments, the first headlights we’d seen in hours approached us—a pickup truck with some good old Kansas boys in it. They quickly attached our car to their truck and pulled us out of the mud and back onto the highway so we could be on our way home.

It was the first time I’d really seen what Christian Science is all about. It taught me of a God, heavenly Love, who is always there to pull us out of mud of all kinds. And I got that this—this—was why I’d been going to Sunday School. Not because my parents would disapprove of me if I didn’t, but because what I was learning in Sunday School was practical. And I was extremely grateful for it.

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